New Brunswick

Dozens displaced after Dieppe apartment fire

Cpt. Christopher Leger said the Dieppe Fire Department responded at about 11:25 p.m. to “heavy fire” on the top balcony of a four-floor residential building.

Canadian Red Cross volunteers helping 53 people with emergency lodging, food

A late-night fire on Saturday heavily damaged a 40-unit apartment building on Gauvin Road. (Margaud Castadère-Ayçoberry/Radio-Canada)

Dozens of Dieppe, N.B., residents are displaced after a late-night fire heavily damaged a 40-unit apartment building on Gauvin Road.

Cpt. Christopher Leger said the Dieppe Fire Department responded at about 11:25 p.m. to "heavy fire" on the top balcony of a four-floor residential building.

"It was a challenging fire. Crews worked feverishly in initial attack on arrival," he said.

Leger said no injuries to tenants or firefighters were reported.

Marcos Salib, a tenant in the building, woke up last night to the sound of the fire alarm. In a daze, he checked his oven, thinking the fire might be there.

Tenant Marcos Salib said he talked to his neighbors, and some don't have insurance. (Submitted by Wade Perry)

He could smell smoke, and when he opened his apartment door a neighbour told him there was a fire in the building, so he got out. 

"It's sad. A lot of people I was talking with don't even have insurance," said Salib. "A lot of families, individuals that probably lost a lot or everything so that's quite sad." 

Salib said there wasn't any fire damage in his apartment.

In a news release, the Canadian Red Cross said volunteers spent much of the night arranging emergency lodging and food for 53 people. The organization said other tenants went to stay with family or friends or are making arrangements through their insurance.

Additional support is expected for some residents in purchasing clothing and other essentials.

A large section of the roof and top level of the apartment building on Gauvin Road in Dieppe were damaged after a late-night fire on Saturday. (Vincent Lehouillier/Radio-Canada)

The Moncton Fire Department assisted crews from Dieppe in fighting the blaze.

Leger said all residents of the building were evacuated, and Codiac Transpo buses were on scene to shelter them while firefighters responded

"It's a major loss here," he said.

A large section of the roof and top level of the building were destroyed, along with significant smoke and water damage, according to the Red Cross.

The fire is under investigation and the cause has yet to be determined.

With files from Blair Sanderson

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