Police find fire smouldering beneath unconscious man

A small fire was reportedly smouldering under one of two men found unconscious by police in Oshawa.

Just after 8 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25), two front-line Durham Regional Police officers, on routine patrol, decided to investigate reports of drug activity in the area of Phillips and Albert streets. They found two unconscious men, both in their 20s, inside an abandoned landscaping truck.

Police say the men were not dressed appropriately for the cold conditions and the truck’s windows had been smashed. Furthermore, police say there was a small fire smoldering under one of the men. Fire and paramedics were called to the scene.

Two more police officers arrived and were able to move one of the men from the vehicle to an ambulance. Naloxone was administered and the man was revived. The second man was removed using the jaws of life. Police say, after about 20 minutes, he also responded postively to Naloxone.

Both men were taken to hospital and are expected to survive.

Police say they received information about a third man who had reportedly consumed the same drugs but was no longer at the scene. He was found at a shelter where police say he was in good health.