November 28, 2023

Rescue in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


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The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating the scene of a high-rise apartment blaze which hospitalized a woman Friday night.

She was rescued by fire crews from a Bay Street South apartment.

Neither police nor the fire department could provide an update on her condition Saturday morning.

“When crews arrived on scene, they found heavy fire and smoke from one of the units on the fourth floor,” said Fire Information Officer Claudio Mostacci from outside the 14-floor apartment building at 100 Bay St. S.

They entered the unit, rescued the tenant and left her in the care of paramedics before she was taken to hospital, Mostacci said.

Damages were estimated to be $100,000.

The fire, which broke out around 8 p.m., was quickly put out, but by around 9:30 p.m., firefighters were still on scene ventilating the building, which is at the corner of Jackson Street.

Mostacci said two more patients, one male and the other female, were assessed for smoke inhalation.

Some tenants were told to stay in their units because it was safer, but others closer to the fire floor were ushered out, he noted.

A throng of emergency vehicles, including police cruisers and ambulances, clogged the corner of Bay and Jackson, while tenants milled around the lobby as firefighters ventilated the floors.

When Clara Marchig heard the alarm go off, she looked out the door of her top-floor unit and saw a hallway thick with smoke.

She called the superintendent, who told her to make her way downstairs.

“I was feeling dizzy coming down the stairs, there was so much smoke,” Marchig said.

“It was awful. It was awful,” she added.

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