Fire prompts highrise rescue south of downtown

Firefighters helped evacuate an eight-storey apartment building on Paxton Street this afternoon after a fire broke out on the third floor.

Two women are transported to hospital for smoke inhalation

Firefighters rescued tenants from upper-level apartments after fire broke out in the building early Wednesday afternoon. (Willy Lowry/CBC)

A fire on the third floor of an eight-storey highrise prompted a rescue operation in Little Burgundy. 

The fire started just before 1:30 p.m. in a low-income housing unit, near the corner of Paxton and Guy streets. 

More than 30 fire trucks and 80 firefighters responded to the call. Many of them helped get residents out of the 84-unit building. 

Paramedics transported two women in their late fifties to hospital for smoke inhalation.

They also evaluated one firefighter on site, but did not take him to hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.