Fire forces Verdun apartment residents onto the street

All the residents were able to make it out of the building safely. One person suffered second-degree burns to their hand.

1 tenant rescued from third floor, another suffered second-degree burns to their hand

A fire forced several residents of an apartment building on LaSalle Boulevard out of their homes early Thursday. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

The Red Cross is helping residents of a Verdun apartment building after a fire heavily damaged their homes early Thursday morning.

The fire started around 4:20 a.m. at a three-storey building on LaSalle Boulevard near Wellington Street.

It took firefighters four minutes to get to the scene, said fire operations chief David Shelton. They arrived to find flames and smoke coming from the building.

They immediately started to evacuate residents from their units. About 23 people live there and all made it out safely.

One resident had to be rescued from the third floor using a ground ladder, Shelton said.

The fire broke out on the third floor, in a unit at the back of the building, but the cause has not yet been confirmed.

It is unclear if the building has smoke alarms.

One person suffered second-degree burns to their hand and was taken to hospital, while another was treated for smoke inhalation.

Damage to the building is considerable, Shelton said, but he could not elaborate.

At the height of the operation, there were about 120 firefighters at the scene.