Household of Ukrainian priest narrowly escapes Victoria home hearth lit by arsonist

Victoria police are investigating an arson assault after an unidentified suspect set hearth to the

Victoria police are investigating an arson assault after an unidentified suspect set hearth to the household dwelling of Ukrainian Catholic priest Yuriy Vyshenvskyy whereas he and his household had been sleeping inside. 

At round 1 a.m. Vyshnevskyy awoke to his spouse crying for his assist as anyone poured gasoline by the mail slot of their entrance door earlier than lighting the gas ablaze. 

Vyshnevskyy reportedly leapt by the flames on the entrance door whereas his spouse ran upstairs to cross the youngsters to their father by the second-storey window. All three kids – aged 5, 7 and 11 – made it out of the home, with the third leaping out of the window and sustaining accidents. 

Firefighters arrived on the 1112 Caledonia Ave dwelling to seek out the mom clinging to a window on the second flooring. 

“The flames had been going from the bottom degree all the best way to the roof,” mentioned Victoria hearth battalion chief Doug Carey. “There was additionally a feminine occupant of the home clinging to the window ledge on the left facet of the home right here.”

“The daddy ran down the steps by the flames to flee the home. The mother wakened the youngsters, took them into the one bed room and shut the door behind her after which handed one baby by the window to dad under, then one other baby down. She jumped and was injured barely on her manner down.”

Vyshnevskyy’s eldest daughter was handled for cuts from the soar on the hospital, whereas all relations had been discovered to have inhaled smoke. The household’s two-year-old cat Tony was additionally resuscitated by firefighters. 

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“He was completely unconscious, I believed he was deceased. Our crews used a particular pet resuscitation system – it goes over the nostril of the cat – they gave him oxygen and Tony’s now in steady situation on the central Victoria animal hospital,” mentioned Carey.

Firefighters have forwarded the investigation to police, who’re at the moment on the case. Detectives with the Victoria Police Division are investigating the fireplace as an arson and are asking for any witnesses to return ahead, together with those that have dashcam or surveillance cameras. 

“There was some questions surrounding this, given the construction’s proximity to a Ukrainian Catholic church,” mentioned Victoria police Const. Cam MacIntyre. “Generally there’s merely an arsonist that’s in the neighborhood. Different occasions these incidents are focused. It’s too early within the investigation for us to…