Advertisement

Man rescued from fiery balcony as Edmonton crews battle Jasper Avenue fire

Click to play video: 'Man rescued from balcony in Jasper Avenue fire'
Man rescued from balcony in Jasper Avenue fire
A tenant of the Hardwood Plaza on Jasper Avenue had to be rescued by firefighters Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out in one of the fifth floor units. Sarah Ryan reports. – Apr 25, 2024

One man was taken to hospital after he was rescued from a fifth-floor balcony after a fire broke out at an apartment building on Jasper Avenue near 110th Street Thursday afternoon.

A spokesperson with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said the call came in at 1:51 p.m. and a second alarm was called five minutes later.

Matthew Leprieur, a Hardwood Plaza tenant, said he heard the man screaming.

“He was screaming out to the firefighters saying, ‘help me.’ At one point before the firefighters got to his level he put one leg over the railing but then he got back in until the firefighters got to him.”

District chief Marty McNamara with EFRS said the fire was coming from a fifth-floor balcony and crews quickly deployed a ladder truck to help the man.

Story continues below advertisement
Click to play video: 'Man rescued by firefighters as flames shoot from downtown Edmonton apartment'
Man rescued by firefighters as flames shoot from downtown Edmonton apartment

Firefighters cooled the man off with water as they got him into the ladder truck and down to the ground, McNamara said.

“They did a rescue off the ladder truck with that person. They brought him to safety then they began their attack. Then they were doing a primary and secondary searches,” McNamara said.

The frightening scene was captured on video, which shows the man being rescued as flames and black smoke poured out of the unit.

Story continues below advertisement

McNamara said the man in his 20s was taken to hospital and it’s not known how severe his injuries are.

Breaking news from Canada and around the world sent to your email, as it happens.

Alberta Health Services said EMS transported an adult to hospital in stable, non-life-threatening condition.

Three other patients were assessed by EMS at the scene but refused transport to hospital, AHS said.

Fire crews attacked the blaze from the outside and the inside of the building and were able to douse it quite quickly, according to McNamara.

The fire was contained to one suite, though McNamara said there is smoke damage to neighbouring suites.

In total, 32 firefighters from eight rigs were called out.

Nolan Bates, another Hardwood Plaza tenant, said the fire response was excellent.

“I think it was very prompt and how they got the gentleman off the balcony was really excellent. I’m mainly glad no further First Aid measures needed to be taken.”

The City of Edmonton said 42 people were displaced as a result of the fire — 36 adults and six children. They have been put up in a hotel.

The cause of the fire is not known. A fire investigator was on scene Thursday afternoon.

Story continues below advertisement
A person was rescued from a fiery balcony as fire crews battled a blaze at an apartment building in the area of Jasper Avenue and 110th Street in Edmonton Thursday, April 25, 2024. Saif Kaisar / Global News
A person was rescued from a fiery balcony as fire crews battled a blaze at an apartment building in the area of Jasper Avenue and 110th Street in Edmonton Thursday, April 25, 2024. Saif Kaisar / Global News
A person was rescued from a fiery balcony as fire crews battled a blaze at an apartment building in the area of Jasper Avenue and 110th Street in Edmonton Thursday, April 25, 2024. Saif Kaisar / Global News
A person was rescued from a fiery balcony as fire crews battled a blaze at an apartment building in the area of Jasper Avenue and 110th Street in Edmonton Thursday, April 25, 2024. Saif Kaisar / Global News

 

Advertisement

Sponsored content

AdChoices