UPDATE: Dartmouth fire displaces at least 65 residents

Residents of a Dartmouth apartment building pack up belongings they salvaged after a fire. Brett Ruskin / Global News

HALIFAX – At least 65 people are displaced following a fire in Dartmouth on Tuesday morning.

Around 1 a.m., fire officials were called to the apartment building on Windmill Road. The building was quickly evacuated and no one was injured.

“You [could] just see the smoke coming from the top of the building,” said resident Shane McDougall.

Crews said the fire started on a sixth floor balcony, possibly from a barbeque. The flames then spread up and onto the roof.

“[Most of the] residents will be displaced… probably 24 to 48 hours, maybe longer,” said Steve Auton, an acting division commander with Halifax Fire.
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By the time crews extinguished the fire, smoke and water had heavily damaged some units.

“It’s just like ransacked,” said McDougall, speaking about his home. “I see the water damage coming through the ceiling. Somehow, I don’t know how …  my toilet has moved.”

The Red Cross is assisting residents find temporary shelter.

With files from Global’s Brett Ruskin

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