One hurt, 11 displaced by fire

News Sep 08, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Rosie-Ann Grover and Saira Peesker, Hamilton Spectator

Police say a man pulled from a burning low-rise apartment late Sunday on Hamilton Mountain is expected to survive.

"He's stable. He's being treated for severe smoke inhalation," said acting Staff Sergeant David LeClair early Monday.

What caused the blaze that sparked $200,000 in damage and displaced 11 people hasn't yet been determined. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called to investigate.

In the meantime, police are saying it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

Emergency crews arrived to flames jetting out of the windows at 387 Concession St., just after 10 p.m.

The fire started on the second-floor of the three storey building - at the southeastern corner, said Hamilton Fire Department Safety Officer Claudio Mostacci at the scene Sunday night.

"The first responders located the resident in the unit through lots of heavy flame," Mostacci said, noting the building contains only bachelor apartments housing one resident each.

"It's pretty black in that apartment now and there's smoke damage throughout."

At least 11 fire department vehicles and numerous other police and medical vehicles filled a blocked-off swath of Concession Street, near East 15th Street.

Local residents milled around at the edge of the police boundary, while a handful of the building's evacuees sat waiting for news on a city bus.

Cal Belisle lives in the building's basement and said he ran into the hallway after hearing "yelling and screaming," only to see officials beating down the door of the unit on fire.

"It's just a young guy who lives in there," said Belisle, adding he believes the tenant had just moved in recently. "The boy was unconscious when they took him out."

Building resident Vince Atkinson would have normally been at his night-shift job on Sunday evening, but was home because he'd taken the day off to watch the Ticats game.

He was pacing the police perimeter, worried after hearing his grey indoor cat has escaped his apartment when firefighters burst in.

"I want my stuff. I want my cat," he said, noting he doesn't have many friends or family in town to turn to. "This isn't fair. I need my personal identification or I can't go nowhere."

Residents have not yet been allowed back into the building.

"Due to water and smoke, everybody's been displaced," LeCair said. It's not clear when the residents of the 11 apartments will be allowed to go home.

The Red Cross is working on temporary accommodations for them. Anyone wishing to help can call the Hamilton branch of the Canadian Red Cross 905-522-8485.

One hurt, 11 displaced by fire

News Sep 08, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Rosie-Ann Grover and Saira Peesker, Hamilton Spectator

Police say a man pulled from a burning low-rise apartment late Sunday on Hamilton Mountain is expected to survive.

"He's stable. He's being treated for severe smoke inhalation," said acting Staff Sergeant David LeClair early Monday.

What caused the blaze that sparked $200,000 in damage and displaced 11 people hasn't yet been determined. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called to investigate.

In the meantime, police are saying it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

Emergency crews arrived to flames jetting out of the windows at 387 Concession St., just after 10 p.m.

The fire started on the second-floor of the three storey building - at the southeastern corner, said Hamilton Fire Department Safety Officer Claudio Mostacci at the scene Sunday night.

"The first responders located the resident in the unit through lots of heavy flame," Mostacci said, noting the building contains only bachelor apartments housing one resident each.

"It's pretty black in that apartment now and there's smoke damage throughout."

At least 11 fire department vehicles and numerous other police and medical vehicles filled a blocked-off swath of Concession Street, near East 15th Street.

Local residents milled around at the edge of the police boundary, while a handful of the building's evacuees sat waiting for news on a city bus.

Cal Belisle lives in the building's basement and said he ran into the hallway after hearing "yelling and screaming," only to see officials beating down the door of the unit on fire.

"It's just a young guy who lives in there," said Belisle, adding he believes the tenant had just moved in recently. "The boy was unconscious when they took him out."

Building resident Vince Atkinson would have normally been at his night-shift job on Sunday evening, but was home because he'd taken the day off to watch the Ticats game.

He was pacing the police perimeter, worried after hearing his grey indoor cat has escaped his apartment when firefighters burst in.

"I want my stuff. I want my cat," he said, noting he doesn't have many friends or family in town to turn to. "This isn't fair. I need my personal identification or I can't go nowhere."

Residents have not yet been allowed back into the building.

"Due to water and smoke, everybody's been displaced," LeCair said. It's not clear when the residents of the 11 apartments will be allowed to go home.

The Red Cross is working on temporary accommodations for them. Anyone wishing to help can call the Hamilton branch of the Canadian Red Cross 905-522-8485.

One hurt, 11 displaced by fire

News Sep 08, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Rosie-Ann Grover and Saira Peesker, Hamilton Spectator

Police say a man pulled from a burning low-rise apartment late Sunday on Hamilton Mountain is expected to survive.

"He's stable. He's being treated for severe smoke inhalation," said acting Staff Sergeant David LeClair early Monday.

What caused the blaze that sparked $200,000 in damage and displaced 11 people hasn't yet been determined. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called to investigate.

In the meantime, police are saying it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

Emergency crews arrived to flames jetting out of the windows at 387 Concession St., just after 10 p.m.

The fire started on the second-floor of the three storey building - at the southeastern corner, said Hamilton Fire Department Safety Officer Claudio Mostacci at the scene Sunday night.

"The first responders located the resident in the unit through lots of heavy flame," Mostacci said, noting the building contains only bachelor apartments housing one resident each.

"It's pretty black in that apartment now and there's smoke damage throughout."

At least 11 fire department vehicles and numerous other police and medical vehicles filled a blocked-off swath of Concession Street, near East 15th Street.

Local residents milled around at the edge of the police boundary, while a handful of the building's evacuees sat waiting for news on a city bus.

Cal Belisle lives in the building's basement and said he ran into the hallway after hearing "yelling and screaming," only to see officials beating down the door of the unit on fire.

"It's just a young guy who lives in there," said Belisle, adding he believes the tenant had just moved in recently. "The boy was unconscious when they took him out."

Building resident Vince Atkinson would have normally been at his night-shift job on Sunday evening, but was home because he'd taken the day off to watch the Ticats game.

He was pacing the police perimeter, worried after hearing his grey indoor cat has escaped his apartment when firefighters burst in.

"I want my stuff. I want my cat," he said, noting he doesn't have many friends or family in town to turn to. "This isn't fair. I need my personal identification or I can't go nowhere."

Residents have not yet been allowed back into the building.

"Due to water and smoke, everybody's been displaced," LeCair said. It's not clear when the residents of the 11 apartments will be allowed to go home.

The Red Cross is working on temporary accommodations for them. Anyone wishing to help can call the Hamilton branch of the Canadian Red Cross 905-522-8485.