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