Hamilton apartment fire sends 1 to hospital

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Published June 1, 2021 at 12:20 am

One person was sent to the hospital late Monday night after a multiple-alarm structure fire at the Wellington Place apartments in Hamilton, whose residents are just days removed from enduring a COVID-19 outbreak.

The blaze started shortly before 11 p.m. EDT in a 15th-floor unit on the south side of the apartment tower at 125 Wellington St. N., at the corner of Wellington and Wilson streets in central Hamilton. Residents of the 360-unit complex scurried outside as flames leaped out from the balcony.

The Hamilton Fire Department (HFD) said that one person needed a trip to a hospital. The HFD added that the damaged areas will require “extensive overhaul” and that the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office was to be notified.

Hamilton Street Railway city buses were also sent to the area to give Wellington Place residents, many of whom have small children, a chance to shelter from the chill late-spring air.

By 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, the tenants were able to re-enter as fire trucks left the scene.

A COVID-19 outbreak at Wellington Place was just declared over on May 27 after 14 days without any new case symptom onset. Forty-five people in the building had tested positive.

Monday’s fire was the second one this year at Wellington Place where a person was sent to the hospital. On Jan. 24, a fire caused by careless smoking broke out on the north side of the building. That time, firefighters needed an aerial ladder to evacuate two people, one of whom was sent to hospital. The occupant of the apartment on fire evacuated on their own.

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