Edmonton

Woman jumps from 2nd-floor window to escape rooming-house fire

A woman who jumped from a second-floor window of a downtown Edmonton rooming house became temporarily trapped between the burning building and a false wall Tuesday before being rescued by workers from a main-floor auto-repair shop.

3 residents escape downtown Edmonton fire

Firefighters work to put out a fire at a rooming house near 110th Avenue and 95th Street Tuesday morning. (Phil Laplante/CBC News)

A woman who jumped from a second-floor window of a downtown Edmonton rooming house became temporarily trapped between the burning building and a false wall Tuesday before being rescued by workers from a main-floor auto-repair shop.

"She was screaming so bad we had to bust the wall in there to get her out," said Joe Scalzo. 

A team of auto-repair shop workers rescued a woman trapped between this false wall and a burning building Tuesday morning. (CBC)

Scalzo and his co-workers used a sledge hammer and crowbars to break the women out.

It took two to three minutes to bust through the wall which had been recently built, he said.  

The fire broke out just before 9:30 a..m. at the two-storey building at 110th Avenue and 95th Street and was brought under control in 20 minutes, said district fire chief John Bowers.

Three people including pensioner Baldwin Looby escaped the fire.

"The lady from next door...she came out and said 'Fire,'" he said. "As soon as she shout fire, a tower of (flames) and smoke pour out of her room. I had to duck and call my sleeping lady,  'Melanie get out. Come out. Fire.'"

The pair managed to escape by the stairs, though Looby, a new Canadian, lost his immigration and citizenship papers and his passport.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

With files from CBC's Kristina Partsinevelos

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