Senators coach Rick Wamsley's house close to burning

Senators goalie coach Rick Wamsley (right) chats with Robin Lehner during practice last season....

Senators goalie coach Rick Wamsley (right) chats with Robin Lehner during practice last season. Maybe Lehner will let Wamsley stay at his place for awhile! (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency/Files)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 PM ET

OTTAWA - As a former NHL netminder, Rick Wamsley is used to close calls.

This one was too close to home.

The Senators' goalie coach had just finished up dinner with his wife Lori and several members of their family Thursday night in Stittsville when they realized their neighbour's place was on fire.

"We went outside, we heard a cracking noise, we looked over and we went, 'Uh-oh', that's not good," Wamsley told the Sun Monday night.

While Wamsley's home was spared from the flames, his place on Abaca Way suffered severe smoke and water damage as a result of the blaze and he's been displaced from his home.

It's been reported the fire started at 109 Abaca when a burning cigarette butt was thrown into a planter box. After discovering the fire, Wamsley told the kids to get out of house and called 911.


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