Hamilton

Woman, 68, dead after Wednesday morning fire at Mountain apartment

Hamilton police say a 68-year-old woman is dead after a Wednesday morning fire at a Mountain apartment. There's also an estimated $200K worth of damage, according to the fire department.

Hamilton police and Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal investigating fire at 805 Concession St. E. apartment

A fire on the Mountain has killed a 68-year-old woman, police say. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Hamilton police say a 68-year-old woman is dead after a Wednesday morning fire at a Mountain apartment.

The city's fire chief, Dave Cunliffe, said firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at 805 Concession St. E., a four-storey apartment building between East 33rd and East 34th streets.

On the way there, Cunliffe said firefighters heard someone may have still been in the basement.

At the scene, first responders faced heavy smoke, he said.

Firefighters started searching and "quickly found" the person and got them out of the building.

Dave Thompson, a supervisor with Hamilton Paramedic Service, said the woman was in critical, life-threatening condition when she was taken to hospital.

Hamilton police spokesperson Const. Indy Bharaj said the woman, 68, was pronounced dead shortly before 3 p.m.

Cunliffe, from the fire department, said no one else was injured.

"The apartment sustained significant damage as a result of the fire," Cunliffe said, pegging the damage at $200,000.

"All other tenants in the building have returned to their apartments."

Cunliffe said the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to assist with the investigation.

Sean Driscoll, a spokesperson from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, confirmed the office is investigating the scene.

Bharaj said police are still investigating but aren't looking for any suspects right now as it does not appear to be a suspicious fire.

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Bobby Hristova is a journalist with CBC Hamilton. He reports on all issues, but has a knack for stories that hold people accountable, stories that focus on social issues and investigative journalism. He previously worked for the National Post and CityNews in Toronto. You can contact him at bobby.hristova@cbc.ca.

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