Firefighters are at the scene of an apartment blaze in Old Strathcona.
630 CHED News reporter Thomas Dias was at the scene and said the fire started started before 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning and the building was quickly evacuated. He said it appeared the fire happened in suite in the northeast corner on the top floor of the six-storey building at 10405 Saskatchewan Drive.
“There’s fire hoses in every hallway and there’s also fire hose hookups in the stairwell, so you can see they’ve got the water going from inside the building. It looks like they were ready to attack it from the front, but it looks like they had enough water from the inside to finally knock it down. The suite is just pitch black and gutted. You could see the flames just raging out of it,” said Dias
Dias said it appeared that the fire was well in hand , and that crews were examining the wreckage.
Edmonton Fire Rescue’s Karen Burgess confirmed that the blaze was considered under control at 8:50 a.m.
She said the entire building was evacuated, with Fire Rescue not sure when residents will be allowed back. Burgess said investigators will have to take a closer look.
“Cause and damages are still under investigation.” said Burgess. “The fire investigators will also be the ones to determine if the building is safe for people to return and and for it to be occupied. We don’t have a time-frame yet as to when that might occur.”
Displaced tenants were sheltering in ETS busses, with help being provided for those who may have to secure long-term accommodation. As for injuries, Burgess said one firefighter and two residents had to be sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Though Burgess could not confirm the nature of the injuries, residents reported seeing a firefighter pressing an ice pack to his face. (dws, td, ms)