Roof collapses, 5 sent to hospital after $850,000 Hamilton house fire

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Published February 17, 2023 at 2:07 pm

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A Friday morning fire resulted in at least $850,000 worth of damage to a home in Hamilton's Landsdale neighbourhood. (Hamilton Fire photo)

Three people were rescued, five were sent to the hospital, and one refused medical attention after a Friday morning blaze enveloped parts of Hamilton’s Landsdale neighbourhood in smoke and collapsed a roof.

Crews arrived at 69 Century St., near Wentworth and Wilson streets, just after 9:20 a.m. to find heavy smoke and flames venting from the two-and-a-half-storey home. Neighbouring homes were also exposed to flames.

Three individuals were rescued: one from the second floor of the primary home and two from the roof next door.

“Firefighters using ground ladders were able to quickly rescue the person from the second-floor window and the two people from the roof of the adjacent house,” Hamilton Fire Chief David Cunliffe wrote in an email.

“No updates on the condition of the people transported to hospital have been given.”

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Hamilton Fire photo

It’s believed that three additional people self-evacuated from the burning home, making a total of nine people in the house at the time of the fire.

“As the rescues were being completed, firefighters entered the building to perform search and rescue and interior firefighting operations,” added Cunliffe.

“Interior crews reported fire on the first and second floors, with heavy fire in the walls and between the floors.”

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Hamilton Fire photo

With significant smoke and fire damage to the home’s structure, firefighters were evacuated from inside.

“Two aerial ladders with large volumes of water streams and additional exterior handlines were utilized to help protect the homes on either side and bring the fire under control.”

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Hamilton Fire photo

The home at 69 Century St. sustained significant damage, including a collapsed roof. The damage estimate is more than $850,000.00, according to Hamilton Fire.

The Ontario fire marshal has been notified and will assist with the investigation.

Fire crews are expected to remain at the scene Friday afternoon to deal with hot spots.

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