Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U.S. Border Agents Rescue Canadians from Ontario House Fire

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U.S. Border Agents Rescue Canadians from Ontario House Fire

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U.S. border agents conduct Cdn. fire rescue

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Americans have unexpectedly come ashore in Canada for the second time in less than a week -- but they weren't wayward partiers -- they came here to save lives.

It was just after 1 a.m. Thursday when U.S. Border Patrol marine units based in Buffalo, N.Y., noticed a house on fire on the Canadian shoreline near Niagara Falls, Ont.

The border agents didn't spot any firefighters or rescue vehicles, so they manoeuvred their boats close to shore and set off their sirens and shone spotlights to alert the residents.

The agents eventually came ashore and one led a family of four, including two children, out of the burning house to a safe spot across the road.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a second agent led another family of four to safety from a house adjacent to the blaze while the commander of a second American patrol boat contacted the RCMP to let them know what was going on. …

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