New Brunswick

30 people recovering after Moncton apartment fire

More than 30 people are trying to put their lives back together a day after a devastating apartment building fire in Moncton.
A Moncton apartment fire forced 30 people from their homes early on Friday morning. (Courtesy of FireRescue Atlantic)

More than 30 people are trying to put their lives back together a day after a devastating apartment building fire in Moncton.

Fire crews said they got a call about a blaze at the 19-unit building in the Lewisville neighbourhood in the early hours of Friday morning.

Resident Sharon Capson said she is now scrambling to find a new apartment.

"Just basically not knowing where we're going to go is pretty stressful at this point. I don't even know what to say really. It's just terrible, it's just awful," she said.

"I'm just glad that everyone made it out of the building alive, that's all I could really ask for. As far as losses it's just, it goes beyond, there's just no words to explain."

Capson said she and her boyfriend lost all of their family heirlooms, but says she's thankful she was able to save her two cats.

Don McCabe, the deputy fire chief in Moncton, said the scene was complete chaos when fire crews arrived just after 1 a.m. He said people were hanging out of windows and were ready to jump.

At least one person was hospitalized after they jumped out of a second-floor window to escape and broke their femur.

A pregnant woman and another resident were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

There is no word on the cause of the fire, according to fire officials. The investigation is continuing.

A Canadian Red Cross disaster team is providing emergency support to 21 people from 11 apartments.

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