Neighbours rescue double amputee from fire

Leo Bouillon and his wife Susan Bouillon comfort each other and their dog Belle in a hotel room...

Leo Bouillon and his wife Susan Bouillon comfort each other and their dog Belle in a hotel room after a fire in their apartment unit left them homeless. Neighbours carried Leo, a double amputee, down six flights of stairs of the apartment building where the couple lived at 1132 Adelaide St. N. (Andrew Forbes, Special to The Free Press)

ANDREW FORBES, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:43 PM ET

Neighbours carried a double amputee to safety after a fire that tore through his apartment left him and his wife homeless.

Susan Bouillon was awakened by the screams of her disabled husband Leo Bouillon, 63, when the blaze started at about 3 p.m. Saturday in their sixth-floor apartment.

"The apartment was fully engulfed," said Susan said. "We were just lucky that we got out in time."

For that, they can thank a pair of neighbours who Susan, 52, said helped guide Leo to safety from the apartment to the building's main floor.

"One of them lent his jacket to Leo and then they carried him and his wheelchair down the stairs for us," she said. "I just think they're awesome. 'Thank you' just doesn't say enough."

London fire officials peg the damage at about $100,000. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday.

The Bouillons lost most of their possessions and, making matters worse, they're not insured.

 


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