THUNDER BAY – At approximately 4:45 ON February 18, 2017 a fire broke out in a lower level apartment of a large apartment complex on Adelaide Street. The first arriving unit from Thunder Bay Fire Rescue was met by a male who advised them of a fire in the basement and another male who was in need of rescue in the area of the fire. At this point smoke was visible on the main floor of the building. The crew immediately descended down the stairs and was met by heavy black smoke. They found and removed the male. That same crew went back down stairs and tied a line into the building’s hose cabinet and advanced on the fire quickly extinguishing it.
Clearing smoke which had spread throughout the building was a lengthy process due to the size of the building. The occupants had been evacuated and at this time some are still not back in their residences.
This fire was a two alarm response. It included three pumper rescues, two pumper units and two ladder trucks. A total of 25 fire fighters were on scene. Three SNEMS ambulances attended to care for and transport people to hospital. Numerous police units were on scene to control the movement of evacuated residents.
The condition of the people transported to Thunder Bay Regional Hospital is not known at this time. There were no injuries to emergency response personnel.
The fire is under investigation by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue.