2nd downtown Hamilton apartment fire in 4 days

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Published June 4, 2021 at 3:51 am

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A multiple alarm apartment fire — the second this week in downtown Hamilton — caused an estimated $100,000 damage and left a resident in need of temporary lodging.

At 8:08 p.m. on Thursday night, the Hamilton Fire Department received a call after smoke was spotted at the Vanier Towers apartments (95 Hess St. S.). Smoke pouring out from a 10th-floor apartment was visible by the time that firefighters arrived, with flames lapping up to the balconies above. 

Ultimately, firefighters were able to limit the damage to the unit where the fire started and the one immediately below. The first unit suffered damage to the apartment and balcony, and the one below it suffered water damage, HFD chief David Cunliffe stated.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The occupant of the unit where the fire started was able to evacuate and the Red Cross was helping them find temporary lodging.

There was also a multiple alarm structure fire at the Wellington Place apartments (125 Wellington St. N.) on Monday night. That blaze  is estimated to have caused $150,000 damage and one tenant needed a trip to the hospital.

(Photo from Twitter/Hamilton Fire Department.)

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