Fire at Burlington conference centre causes millions in damage, city says
BURLINGTON — A roof fire at the Atrium Banquet and Conference Centre sent dark smoke billowing out the top the six-storey office building and forced several hundred people outside Friday.
The blaze started around noon during roof repair work at the 5420 North Service Rd. building, just west of Burloak Drive and north of the QEW.
Firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue a man trapped on the roof, the city said in a news release. Paramedics treated him at the scene.
Another person with minor smoke inhalation was taken to hospital and later released.
The blaze, which started just before noon, was under control by 1 p.m. It’s estimated the fire caused between $2 million and $3 million in damage. The cause appears to be related to the roofing work.
Burlington buses were sent to the scene to keep people warm while heavy smoke closed roads.
The Atrium hosts activities like weddings and corporate events on the main floor with commercial office space above.