Early morning fire Thursday sends two to hospital

Two people have been taken to hospital - one without vital signs - following a structure fire in Hamilton's Rosedale community.

One person was found without vital signs at the King Street East apartment building

The Hamilton Fire Department attended a structure fire that closed parts of King Street East on Thursday morning. (Kelly Bennett/CBC)

Two people have been taken to hospital — one without vital signs — following a structure fire in Hamilton's Rosedale community.

The fire department received the call shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday morning. The original call was for an alarm but was quickly upgraded to "structure fire" status when crews arrived on the scene at 2130 King Street East.

Fire Information Officer Claudio Mostacci said firefighters initially went to the eighth floor of the apartment building because smoke was coming from the bathroom of an apartment. On closer investigation, fire crews found the smoke was actually in the walls, coming from a different source.

The fire was located in an apartment on the fifth floor. When firefighters entered the dwelling, they found two adults. A man was found unconscious and not breathing. Firefighters began CPR until paramedics were able to take over. A woman was found conscious. Both were taken to hospital.

Mostacci said he is unaware of the current status of the two adults found in the building.

Fire Marshal's office investigating

The fire is now out and the fire crews have left the area.

While the eastbound lanes of King Street East were closed earlier this morning with eight fire units attending the scene, they have now reopened.

Mostacci said the fire damage is estimated at $35,000. 

Due of the injuries sustained in the fire, the Ontario Fire Marshal's office will be investigating, he said. The exact cause and the location of the fire will be reported by the Fire Marshal's office.


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