One per­son is dead fol­low­ing a blaze in a ninth-floor unit of a Main Street West apart­ment

Per­son pulled from 9th floor bed­room by fire­fight­ers

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - NATALIE PADDON

One per­son was killed af­ter a fire broke out in a down­town apart­ment build­ing.

Fire crews were called to the ninth floor of a Ci­tyHous­ing Hamil­ton build­ing at 191 Main St. W. for a mul­ti­ple alarm struc­ture fire shortly af­ter 8 p.m. Tues­day.

“When they opened the door, they found heavy smoke con­di­tions,” Hamil­ton fire depart­ment spokesper­son Clau­dio Mostacci said.

He said fire­fight­ers be­gan their “search and res­cue” and found one per­son in a bed­room, who they brought down­stairs to the ground level of the build­ing, which is lo­cated at the cor­ner of Main Street West and Hess Street South, just south of Hess Vil­lage.

Once there, the per­son was pro­nounced dead by paramedics, Mostacci added.

No one else was in­side the ninth floor unit at the time of the fire, he said.

Fire­fight­ers were able to quickly knock down the fire, which was con­tained to the unit, Mostacci said.

A num­ber of other floors in the 23-storey build­ing, which houses a num­ber of ten­ants in­clud­ing se­niors and stu­dents, were evac­u­ated as a pre­cau­tion, he said.

The dam­age is es­ti­mated at $15,000, Mostacci said.

Po­lice were hold­ing the scene Tues­day evening.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tor from the Of­fice of the On­tario Fire Mar­shal had ar­rived on scene just af­ter 10 p.m.

Mostacci said he could not comment on the cause of the fire or pin­point ex­actly where it started.

“It’s too early to say,” he said.

Mostacci said he could also not con­firm the gen­der or age of the vic­tim, not­ing that in­for­ma­tion will have to be de­ter­mined by the coro­ner.

Eleven units were dis­patched to deal with the call.

An HSR bus was called in so peo­ple had a place to go and keep warm if needed, and Box 43 — a truck that pro­vides wa­ter and other sup­port to fire­fight­ers while they work — was also on scene.

JOHN RENNISON, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Po­lice and fire on the scene at 191 Main St. W. Tues­day evening, where one per­son was dead af­ter a fire.

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