One dead in fire as car crashes into a Mountain townhouse

One person has died in a fire after a car smashed into a Mountain townhouse complex Monday afternoon.

Police and fire marshal also involved

Hamilton firefighters and police at the scene of a fatal fire Monday (Dave Ritchie/CBC)

One person has died in a fire after a car smashed into a Mountain townhouse complex Monday afternoon.

The car ran into the ground-level "garage area" of a townhouse at 1380 Upper Ottawa around 4:50 p.m., said Claudio Mostacci, spokesperson for the Hamilton Fire Department, setting fire to the car and the townhouse above the garage.

Mostacci would not comment on the identity, gender or age of the victim. When firefighters arrived, the car was engulfed in flames and fire had spread to the house. It was an obvious fatality, said Mostacci. Firefighters covered the vehicle with a tarp as they worked.

Firefighters put a tarp over the vehicle containing the body of a person who perished in the fire after driving the vehicle into the ground level garage. (Dave Ritchie/CBC)

It's not clear if the victim lived at the unit where the car crashed into the garage.  Firefighters said that all occupants of tthose units home at the time got out safely. Police are on the scene and the Ontario Fire Marshal's office has also been called in.

Mostacci said the fire marshal investigator would arrive Tuesday and after his examination of the scene would be consulting with police and together determining the direction of any further investigation.

Crews put that fire out in about half an hour, Mostacci said, but the front of the entire three stories is black with smoke. 

The townhouse is part of a long connected block of townhouses, so there was a danger of multiple homes being damaged, Mostacci said. But the units on either side only have some melted siding, Mostacci said.

"They did an excellent job," he said of the firefighters. Damage to all the units is estimated at $500,000.