Man taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter sec­ond fire in less than 24 hours at Main West apart­ment block

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NATALIE PADDON npad­don@thes­ 905-526-2420 | @NatatTheSpec

A man in his 60s was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter a kitchen fire in a 10thfloor unit of a pub­lic hous­ing build­ing on Main Street West on Wed­nes­day.

It was the sec­ond fire in less than 24 hours at 191 Main St. W. — a Ci­tyHous­ing build­ing just south of Hess Vil­lage — where a per­son died Tues­day night.

Just be­fore 3 p.m. Wed­nes­day, fire­fight­ers ar­rived to find a “wellinvolved fire” in­side a unit on the 10th floor, spokesper­son Clau­dio Mostacci said.

A man in the unit was taken to hos­pi­tal to be treated for mi­nor smoke in­hala­tion, said Hamil­ton Para­medic Ser­vice op­er­a­tions su­per­vi­sor Ian Sin­clair.

The cause of the fire was unat­tended cook­ing on the stove, Mostacci said. Dam­age is es­ti­mated at about $5,000, he added.

Res­i­dents moved out of the high­rise, which is more than 20 storeys, while fire­fight­ers ven­ti­lated it. They were let back in shortly af­ter 3:30 p.m.

“An­other fire,” tenant Ga­bor Nagy said with a shrug out­side the build­ing.

The 62-year-old, who lives on the 21st floor, re­called see­ing “big, big smoke” in the build­ing Tues­day night.

One per­son was killed when a fire broke out in a ninth-floor apart­ment around 9 p.m. The per­son, who was found in a bed­room, was brought down­stairs by fire­fight­ers and pro­nounced dead.

The deadly blaze caused about $15,000 in dam­age.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tor from the Of­fice of the On­tario Fire Mar­shal was called to probe the fa­tal fire to help de­ter­mine its cause, Mostacci said.

An au­topsy was sched­uled for Wed­nes­day.

Mostacci said he could not con­firm the gen­der or age of the vic­tim, not­ing the coro­ner would have to de­ter­mine that in­for­ma­tion.

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