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'Intentionally set' Brampton fire sends 7 to hospital with smoke inhalation

An "intentionally set" fire at a Brampton high-rise apartment building has sent seven people to hospital with smoke inhalation and displaced about 25 residents, officials say.

Brampton Fire says the fire has displaced 25 people who live on the 7th and 8th floors

A family huddles on the grass while fire crews try to extinguish an early morning fire in a high rise building in Brampton on Saturday. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

An "intentionally set" fire at a Brampton high-rise apartment building has sent seven people to hospital with smoke inhalation and displaced about 25 residents, officials say.

Const. Bancroft Wright, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said the seven included adults and children. All were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

All suffered non-life-threatening injuries but none were admitted.

Seventh floor residents displaced by the fire should be allowed back to their units later on Saturday, while those on the eighth floor may be out of their homes for longer, depending on how long the investigation takes, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services says. 

According to Wright, the fire, which has been extinguished, began in a couch on the 8th floor at 5 Kings Cross Road, near Clark Boulevard and Bramalea Road, in Brampton. 
Firefighters from Brampton Fire and Emergency Services help residents of a high rise building after an early morning fire on Saturday. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Police received a call about the fire at about 4:15 a.m.

"It was intentionally set," Wright said. "We can say that it was for certain."

Ontario's Office of the Fire Marshal and Peel police's criminal investigation bureau are investigating. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Platoon Chief Gord Fowler, of Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, said all six units on the eighth floor have been evacuated. He said the fire began in a hallway.

"We got about 25 displaced right now," he said.

Brampton's emergency measures office is trying to find accommodation for the displaced people.

"They are looking for placement for them," he said. 
The cause of the fire is not yet clear. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Fowler said they will be displaced for some time because of the fire investigation and amount of damage to the floor where the fire occurred. He said it was extensive.

When fire crews arrived at the scene, several residents were trying to leave and there was heavy smoke in the building. Many residents waited outside on the grass while crews worked to bring the fire under control.

Two Brampton transit buses provided shelter for residents.

Ten trucks and about 40 firefighters, with 10 support staff, responded to the fire, he said. It was a two-alarm fire. Water was applied to the fire at 4:31 a.m. and It was extinguished by about 5:00 a.m. 

A district chief and a pumper truck are still on scene. He said the fire is considered suspicious. 

He said an investigator the Office of the Fire Marshal is expected to arrive on scene on Saturday morning.

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