Hassatt says he walked out his door at about 6:35 a.m. to go to work in Nisku and received a call shortly after 8 a.m. telling him his home was in flames.
One man dead after non-suspicious fire
May 2, 2014 by Leave a Comment
Beaumont RCMP responded to a complaint of a fire at 4802-43 Avenue at approximately 7 a.m. on April 28. When fire crews arrived on scene the blaze was quickly extinguished.
Beaumont RCMP continue to investigate the cause of the fire but it has been deemed non-suspicious, as has the death.
The fire completely gutted the inside of the home, but the exterior was left relatively unscathed.
A man who identified himself as a resident of the property and the deceased’s roommate before it burned down is still recovering from the incident.
Jason Hassatt says while his life has been forever changed by the incident, he considers himself lucky to be alive due to the fact that he was considering staying home from work Monday morning.
“I was actually going to call in sick because I had barely got any sleep and wasn’t feeling well,” Hassatt said. “And then as I was debating that, my step-dad said he was on his way so I got dressed and went out the door.”
“I got a phone call from my mother about quarter after eight and she was the one who told me my house is on fire,” Hassatt said. “They had this whole thing blocked right off.”
Hassatt was told there’s effectively no structure damage to the building and it likely won’t be torn down.
“There’s basically nothing left,” he said. “I’ve got more than 900 DVDs and don’t think they’re salvageable.”
Hassatt lived at the home for about seven months. He wasn’t terribly close to Dumont.
“I knew him, but we weren’t all that close I would say,” he said. “If he needed anything I always gave it to him.”
Dumont ran a business in town doing odd jobs under the business name “Dan the handyman”. Hassatt said he liked to cook, was easy going and had sons in Edmonton.
According to Hassatt, he was also battling lung cancer at the time of this death.
“When I got here, they told me he didn’t make it,” he said. “I haven’t been back at work yet, because when you find out your roommate died in a fire … you don’t feel like doing much.”
Beaumont RCMP have not released where they found Dumont’s body but Hassatt believes it would be in the basement as that’s where Dumont lived.
He also suggested he may have been trapped.
“I don’t think the windows are big enough to get out of the basement … so I guess when it was at the door, all on fire, that’s probably what took him out,” he said. “He (would have) had no way out.”
Hassatt is currently living out of a backpack and receiving support from family members. All of his clothes and most of his possessions were destroyed in the fire.
He’s currently extremely grateful to the Town of Beaumont – friends have set up a fundraiser account at ATB Financial where people can give money to help him get back on his feet.
The fundraiser is being coordinated on Facebook group “The 929ers”. Account info will be posted on the page when finalized.
Alternatively, Beaumont residents can drop off houseware or furniture at 5344 56a Street or contact Emily Degagne at 780-850-7653 for drop off.
“It’s going to be a tough go, but it pays to be a nice person because the whole town is pulling together for me,” Hassatt said.
This story originally appeared in La Nouvelle Beaumont News.