Hamilton apartment fire leaves 1 person in critical condition on New Years Day

The Hamilton Fire Department responded to a call of a fire alarm on Webber Avenue and another about thick smoke rising from the basement of the four-storey low-rise apartment.

The Fire Marshal's office is investigating due to the patient with life-threatening injuries

One person is in critical condition after an early morning basement fire in an apartment during the early morning hours of New Year's Day (David Ritchie)

A 25-year-old man is fighting for their life in critical condition after a basement fire in an apartment during the early hours of New Year's Day.

The Hamilton Fire Department said it responded to a report of fire alarms at 3:46 a.m. from a low-rise, four-storey apartment on Webber Avenue near the Victoria Avenue South exit from Charlton Avenue East.

"While they were on route, a second 911 call came in advising that smoke could be seen coming from a basement apartment," fire chief David Cunliffe wrote in a release.

Cunliffe said the first crews at the scene were met with heavy smoke that coated the basement windows, spurring an "aggressive interior" search.

First responders rescued a man in the bedroom of a unit.

He went to hospital and was in critical condition from smoke inhalation as of this morning.

After extinguishing flames in the living room, smoke continued rising through the apartment, prompting first responders to evacuate residents from other apartments temporarily into an HSR bus.

The Fire Marshal's office is investigating due to the critical patient, though no other injuries are reported.

The fire caused about $5,000 damage to the building and residents are back in the apartment.


Bobby Hristova


Bobby Hristova is a reporter/editor with CBC Hamilton. Email: bobby.hristova@cbc.ca