One person was taken to hospital after a fire broke out early Thursday morning at a three-storey walk up condo building in northeast Edmonton.
Fire crews were called around 3:30 a.m. to the Southern Belle Condominiums at 3720 118 Ave. in the Beverly area, where a ground floor suite was on fire.
“Minimal water damage, most of the fire damage was contained to the one suite,” Edmonton Fire Rescue district chief Bob Bend said. Police, EMS, transit and utility crews were also called in to assist.
Residents, wearing bathrobes and clutching frightened pets, waited on the sidewalk while crews dealt with the flames. ETS buses were also brought in for residents to wait in.
“Right now we have a number of evacuees from the building that are being housed in ETS buses until a emergency response team can come and assist with relocating them for the evening or assist them with their needs until we can get them back to their suites,” Bend said.
Neighbour Shirlee, who moved in two weeks ago and lives next door to the suite that caught fire, was up late watching TV when the fire alarms went off.
“I was watching Cutthroat Kitchen and I thought their time was up – to be judged – and I thought the alarm went off!” she laughed, wrapped in a blue blanket while standing outside the building.
“But I waited a minute and it kept going and I thought ‘Oh my god, no.'”
Shirlee said she checked the hallway but wasn’t able to exit there because of the smoke. Her son and his friend where inside their suite sleeping, so she went and woke them up. “So I says, ‘We have to go out the window, that’s all we can do is go out the window.'”
The three crawled out their ground-floor windows to escape the fire. “It smelt like tire burning,” Shirley said. “I didn’t know what to think except, ‘Get out.'”
The condition of the person sent to hospital is not known.
The fire was brought under control just after 4 a.m. The cause of the fire it not yet known.