Video of the massive Hamilton fire that caused $10 million in damages


Published July 11, 2022 at 9:46 pm

A blaze in Hamilton caused $10 million in damages.

Today’s massive fire in Stoney Creek that closed roads a cut power to parts of Hamilton caused some $10 million in damages, the Hamilton Fire Department (HFD) has confirmed.

The blaze erupted shortly before 4 p.m. July 11 near Stone Church and Upper Red Hill Valley Parkway. As the HFD sped to the scene calls continued to come in prompting an upgrade to a second alarm fire.

As a result resources from all across the city went to the scene to help out. When the first crews arrived on scene they found a massive “well involved” blaze at the Central Park housing development.

Initial reports from the scene said multiple units in various states of construction were ablaze. Meanwhile strong winds fanned the flames up 30 to 40 feet high.

The gusts pushed the fire north through the in-construction houses up toward occupied homes across the street. Fire crews lined up along the street to keep the blaze back. It took a “large volume” of hand-lines and three raised ladders to keep the flames contained.

Heat from the inferno reach so high a point that siding melted and windows shattered from the sheer temperature. As the radiant heat continued to climb balconies in the backyards of the northern homes combusted. Even the balconies in the second row back began to ignite.

As these new home caught fire, HFD upgraded the fire again to a fourth alarm. This sent some 70 firefighters to the scene is all manner of operations.

The crews worked quickly to knock down the balcony fires before they could move into the structure of the homes. After 30 to 45 minutes of combat the firefighters successful gained control of the blaze.

In all the fire destroyed 23 in-construction units in various stages of completion, 12 occupied homes suffered heat damage and many more suffered damage to their balconies. The blaze also claimed numerous vehicles along the street.

HFD estimates the fire caused roughly $10 million in damages. Luckily no one has been reported injured from the fire and all residents will be able to return home tonight.

Due to the scale of damages the Ontario Fire Marshall and Hamilton Police will be investigating the cause of the fire. Crews remain on scene to combat hot spots, but roads have reopened.

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