Fire at seniors’ highrise in Hamilton injures one occupant, displaces another


Published April 14, 2022 at 9:50 am

Hamilton highrise fire
A unit in a seniors' highrise building on the east mountain in Hamilton caused significant damage to one of the units on the 10th floor. (Google Earth image)

One person was treated for smoke inhalation following a multiple-alarm fire at a highrise seniors building on the east mountain in Hamilton Wednesday night (April 13).

According to Hamilton Fire Department Chief Dave Cunliffe, crews were called to the building at 801 Upper Gage Avenue, between Mohawk and Pemberton Ave, shortly after 10 p.m. to reports of ‘alarm conditions.’

The first crews arriving on the scene found heavy smoke on the 10th floor of the building and people were already trying to evacuate. The alarm was then upgraded to ‘multiple’ to bring in more resources from across the city.

Firefighters then determined that the fire originated in unit 1024 and an aggressive fire suppression and search and rescue operation got underway, Cunliffe said in an email to the media.

The fire was quickly brought under control and it was determined that the occupants of the affected unit were not home at the time of the blaze.

Cunliffe said one person, a 10th-floor resident, was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by paramedics and then transferred to hospital and no other injuries were reported.

Damage to the affected unit is significant and is estimated to be anywhere between $250,000 to $300,000. Other living arrangements have been made for its occupants, Cunliffe said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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