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Browning uninjured in fire at Toronto home

Leaf blower thought to be cause of blaze

Kurt Browning feels fortunate to have escaped a serious fire at his Toronto home.
Kurt Browning feels fortunate to have escaped a serious fire at his Toronto home. (Courtesy of CBC)

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By icenetwork.com staff writers
(08/19/2010) - Four-time world champion and four-time Canadian national champion Kurt Browning was uninjured in a three-alarm fire Wednesday at his Toronto home.

CTV reports that Browning was home with his son when the fire broke out causing almost a $1 million worth of damage.

Fire officials confirmed to The Ottawa Citizen that the fire was started when Browning attempted to dry the seats of his Porsche with a leaf blower after the car had inadvertently been left out in the rain.

"We [are] all really very fortunate that we are all safe after today's fire at our home. Thanks to everyone for your tremendous support," Browning said in a statement released the the media.

"We also want to thank the firefighters and emergency workers who arrived at the house to fight the fire. They are all amazing professionals."

"Toronto Fire Division Commander Bob O'Hallarn said it looked as if the man had walked away from the vehicle for a moment and returned to find the car in flames," reported Naomi Parness from CTV.ca. "From the garage, the fire spread to the house's second and third floors before emerging on the roof."

Browning, his wife Sonia, and their two sons Gabriel and Dillon will have to vacate the premises for several weeks during clean up and repair.