Six residents displaced after fire at Charlottetown condo building
Fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Friday at former YMCA building
At least six people have been displaced after a fire late Friday afternoon at the Y Lofts condo building in Charlottetown that caused "extensive damage" to the third floor exterior and water damage inside.
Volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross assisted all six with emergency lodging, food and clothing.
There were no injuries.
Charlottetown Fire Chief Randy MacDonald said the call to the 18-unit condo building, located at the corner of Euston and Prince Streets, was received at 5:20 p.m.
When crews arrived, they saw heavy smoke coming from the roof of the building, which was formerly the YMCA. The building was evacuated prior to fire crews arriving, he said.
MacDonald added the fire seemed to have started on the outside deck of a third floor unit. It then spread to the roof. The fire was "held to the outside" by the building's sprinkler system, he said.
Shortly after 6 p.m., MacDonald said the fire was "knocked down" and mostly contained with crews dealing with hotspots.
He also noted a challenge to fighting the fire was the warm weather. To keep fire fighters safe, they took "quick breaks" and kept hydrated throughout the incident, MacDonald said.
Fire officials are investigating the cause.
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With files from Jessica Doria-Brown