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Six residents displaced after fire at Charlottetown condo building

At least six people have been displaced after a fire late Friday afternoon at the Y Lofts condo building that caused "extensive damage" to the third floor exterior and water damage inside.

Fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Friday at former YMCA building

Fire crews battle a blaze at the Y Lofts at the corner of Prince and Euston Streets in Charlottetown on Friday. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC)

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.

Fire at old YMCA

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Fire at old YMCA 0:20

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.

Firefighters pumped water on the fire from several directions. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC)
Charlottetown Fire Chief Randy MacDonald says the fire started on a third floor deck and then spread to the roof. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC)

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.

Several firefighters were on scene to tackle the fire. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC)
Firefighters had to remove a piece of the roof to tackle the fire. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC)

With files from Jessica Doria-Brown

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