1 person found dead after a multiple-alarm house fire in Stoney Creek
'It's something I'd never want to see again,' says neighbour of fire
A person has been found dead following a multiple-alarm house fire in Stoney Creek Tuesday morning.
The Hamilton Fire Department said crews discovered a deceased person inside 22 Alpine Ave. Police say they're working to identify the victim. The scene has been turned over to the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office.
Fire Chief Dave Cunliffe said crews were called to the house around 7 a.m. and arrived to find smoke and flames spreading through the single-storey home.
Firefighters entered and started an "aggressive search and rescue and fire attack," but soon found holes in the main floor, which Cunliffe said had started to collapse, forcing them to pull back.
The chief previously said one person was unaccounted for following the fire, but he was unable to immediately provide any information about the gender or age of the occupant.
Laura Neubrand lives across the street from the home and said she ran outside to check on her neighbours when she heard the fire trucks arrive.
"You could see small poofs of smoke coming up at first and then eventually it got worse," she said.
A woman lived on her own in the home that caught fire, according to Neubrand, who said she was quiet and largely kept to herself.
"I've never seen anything like that live," she said of the fire. "It's something I'd never want to see again."
Neubrand said the fact that someone was believed to still be in the house was "emotional" and "scary."
"Having to explain it to your kids that they see this lady and say 'hi' to her and stuff, and we don't know," she explained.
Crews weren't able to complete a search of the home because of concerns about safety and worsening conditions.
A tweet the fire department posted just before 8 a.m. showed smoke pouring from the structure.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HFD?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HFD</a> crews are working at a multiple alarm structure fire. Heavy flames and some floor collapse. Crews will be on scene for some time <a href="https://t.co/RPvPPwuaCo">pic.twitter.com/RPvPPwuaCo</a>—@HamiltonFireDep
Firefighters were still fighting hot spots around 9:30 a.m.
Cunliffe said the department would work with the Fire Marshal's Office and city building department to ensure the safety of firefighters when they headed back inside the home.
The chief added there was "heavy fire" in all areas of the house when crews arrive, "so it's very difficult to determine … where it may have started."
Two investigators from the Fire Marshal's Office will be helping with the investigation, according to a tweet.
An estimate for the amount of damage caused by the fire wasn't immediately available.
Police said they're assisting the fire department near the corner of Centennial Parkway South and Orlanda Road and warned residents of road restrictions in the area.