Fire at Burling­ton con­fer­ence cen­tre causes mil­lions in dam­age, city says

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR

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.

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