‘Intense’ multi-alarm fire at Hamilton high-rise causes $200K in damages

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Published November 3, 2021 at 3:51 pm

The cause of a multiple-alarm fire inside a West End Hamilton apartment building is under investigation. Just after 10:45 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 3), fire crews responded to a structure fire at the Camelot Towers at 1001 Main St, West. (Photo credit: Hamilton Fire Department on Twitter)

The cause of a multiple-alarm fire inside a West End Hamilton apartment building is under investigation.

Just after 10:45 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 3), fire crews responded to a structure fire at the Camelot Towers at 1001 Main St, West.

Deputy Fire Chief at the Hamilton Fire Department, Dan Milovanovic, says heavy fire and smoke could be seen from the seventh floor.

“Due to the intense conditions and potential spread, the alarm was upgraded to a multiple alarm to bring additional resources from across the city,” said Milovanovic.

Crews reportedly initiated an aggressive search and rescue operation while additional arriving crews checked the adjoining units and floors.

“There were no tenants present in the unit on our arrival,” Milovanovic said. “Other tenants were alerted to the fire by the alarm system and self-evacuated.”

The fire was reportedly brought under control quickly with no extension to the adjoining units.

Damage to unit 711 was extensive, according to the fire department, with additional smoke damage to the hallway.

The estimated damage was valued at $200,000.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and no injuries to residents or members of the fire crews were reported.

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