As many as 100 people won’t be laying down on their own pillows tonight after an early morning blaze at an apartment building on Adelaide Street.
Just before 6 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 9), London Fire Department (LFD) units responded to a call at 869 Adelaide St. N.
Describing it as an “extremely aggressive fire,” LFD investigator Brent Smith said the type of construction of the building’s roof structure — a mansard roof — made it a difficult one to fight.
“Once the fire gets involved into the roof area, its very hard to track,” Smith said.
Candice Trepanier moved into the building just over a week ago. She said when she first heard the alarm bells ringing, she thought it might be “a kid messing around in the building.” When she saw someone running by outside her window, Trepanier decided it was time to get out.
“When we came around to the front and saw flames rolling out,” she knew it was for real.
London Transit provided a bus for shelter on scene and the Salvation Army attended providing food and coffee. A temporary reception centre was set up at Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre to aid any residents affected by the fire.
The stretch of Adelaide between Cheapside and Oxford streets was closed well into the afternoon while firefighters remained on scene to extinguish any lingering hotspots in the 42-unit building and conduct their investigation into the cause, which has yet to be determined.
Describing it as “extensive,” Smith puts the preliminary cost of damages in excess of the million dollar mark.
One person was taken from the scene by EMS to hospital for smoke inhalation and one firefighter was injured. The condition of either has yet to be released.