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1 person rescued from fire at Hamilton apartment

Fire crews were called to Wellington Place Apartments around 10:56 p.m. Monday and arrived to find flames on the a 15th floor balcony and lapping over onto other units, according to Chief Dave Cunliffe.

Unit at Wellington Place Apartments suffered 'significant smoke and fire damage'

Hamilton fire crews were called to 125 Wellington St. N. for an apartment fire on Monday night. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

One person was pulled from a burning apartment on Wellington Street North after a fire broke out on Monday night.

Fire crews were called to Wellington Place Apartments around 10:56 p.m. and arrived to find flames on the a 15th floor balcony and lapping over onto other units, said Dave Cunliffe, fire chief, in a media release.

The call was updated to a multiple-alarm fire, bringing in trucks and crews from across the city.

Firefighters were told someone may be trapped inside and immediately began an "aggressive search and rescue" effort inside unit 1505, the chief says.

One person was found inside the apartment and brought down to paramedics who transported them to hospital, says Cunliffe, adding the condition of the rescued individual was not known as of 12:53 a.m.

Firefighters managed to get the fire under control, but the chief says the apartment and balcony suffered "significant smoke and fire damage."

The balcony also has structural damage and the building department has been contacted.

Cunliffe says the cause wasn't immediately clear and a damage estimate wasn't immediately available.

The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal has been contacted.

No other injuries were reported, says the chief. The Red Cross has been called in to help some other people who lived in the apartment that was damaged by the fire.

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