Early morning blaze at downtown Hamilton apartment sends man to hospital

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Published October 25, 2021 at 8:08 am

An early morning multiple-alarm fire at a downtown Hamilton apartment building Monday (Oct. 25) has caused approximately $225,000 worth of damage and has displaced at least 15 people.

According to the Hamilton Fire Department (HFD), crews were called shortly after midnight to reports of a structure fire at 123 Charlton Ave. E.

When crews first arrived on the scene, there was heavy smoke found coming from an eighth-floor apartment unit where there was a well-involved fire in progress.

The resident of the unit managed to make it out on their own but was sent to hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation and he remains in stable condition.

In the meantime, fire crews upgraded the blaze to a multiple-alarm fire to bring in more resources and the fire was quickly brought under control.

The unit where the fire started was extensively damaged and the entire eighth floor of the building sustained substantial smoke damage which means 15 residents of the building are unable to return to their apartments.

HFD said the Red Cross is providing shelter to those displaced by the fire.

“There were no other injuries to tenants or firefighters to report,” an HFD media release said.

“The suspected cause is careless use of smokers materials and estimated damage is approximately $225,000.”

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