Hamilton, Ontario Woman Rescued from Highrise Fire

Firefighters rescued a woman who was unconscious in her bedroom after a fire started in her sixth floor apartment.

Just after 6:30 Sunday morning, the fire department responded to a call for alarm conditions in the 16-storey highrise at 121 Hunter St. W.

Firefighters found the lone occupant in her bedroom and brought her to the lobby, where paramedics took over. The woman, believed to be in her early 80s, was unconscious but with vital signs.

EMS platoon commander Carmen D’Angelo said she suffered from serious smoke inhalation but had regained consciousness before arriving at Hamilton General Hospital.

The fire was quickly extinguished and crews immediately started ventilation procedures to clear the building of smoke.

All residents have returned to their units.

The damage is estimated at $30,000 and the cause is unknown. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate.

The Hamilton Fire Department asks residents of highrise buildings to review the fire safety plan posted on each floor and know how to get out of the building in an emergency

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