Hamilton

'Millions of dollars' in damage after 3-alarm fire on Barton Street

Damage is estimated to be in the "millions of dollars" following a three-alarm fire on Barton Street Saturday that had nearby residents sheltering in place and closing their windows to keep out the smoke, according to the Hamilton Fire Department.

Nearby residents were told to shelter in place Saturday as smoke covered the area

The Hamilton Fire Department directed residents to shelter in place during a three-alarm fire on Barton Street on Saturday. (Hamilton Fire Department/Twitter)

Damage is estimated to be in the "millions of dollars" following a three-alarm fire on Barton Street that had nearby residents sheltering in place and closing their windows to keep out the smoke, according to the Hamilton Fire Department.

Crews were called to the structure fire at 2555 Barton Street East just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday and found "heavy smoke" pouring from a commercial truck repair business, stated Fire Chief Dave Cunliffe in a media release.

Firefighters battled the flames inside the building as it continued to grow, but had to be pulled out as parts of the roof began to collapse, said the chief.

It was declared a three-alarm fire and crews began using a trio of aerial apparatus to spray large amounts of water, along with the hoses being used on the ground.

"Given the deep seated nature of the fire, it took crews over 4 hours to bring it under control," the release adds.

"During the height of the fire smoke was traveling a southerly direction across Barton street. Residents in the area were advised to shelter in place and close their windows."

No injuries have been reported.

The building has suffered "significant damaged that is estimated to in the millions of dollars," said Cunliffe.

Based on the estimate, the Office of the Fire Marshal has been notified.

The chief said the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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