‘I’m trapped;’ Hamilton apartment tenant rescued after call to fire department


Published April 5, 2023 at 10:12 am

A tenant in a Hamilton apartment building was saved by firefighters early Wednesday morning after calling to report a fire in their unit.

Fire alarms were activated at 140 Robinson St. at around 3 a.m., so crews were already on their way to the building. However, the fire department says they were able to quickly upgrade the call to a structure fire and add additional units after a tenant reported they were trapped in their 18th-floor unit.

Hamilton Fire Department Chief David Cunliffe says crews were met with heavy smoke attempting to gain entry into the apartment.

“Given the conditions, the alarm was further upgraded to a multiple alarm bringing additional resources from across the scene,” said Cunliffe.

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Officials say dispatchers remained on the phone with the tenant as crews initiated the rescue operation.

Crews were able to knock down the fire and rescue the tenant, who was treated on the scene by paramedics before they were transported to the hospital.

“The remaining fire in the apartment was quickly brought under control,” added Cunliffe. “Additional fire crews were assigned to remove smoke that had migrated to a number of floors before residents were allowed back in the building.”

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Apartment at 140 Robinson Street

No other injuries have been reported.

The apartment sustained significant smoke and fire damage, according to officials. Estimates are in excess of $100,000.

The cause of the fire is not known.

The Ontario fire marshal has been notified.

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