Guelph apartment fire likely caused by pot left on stove

A saucepan on fire.
A saucepan on fire. David Seed Photography - Getty Images (AB00462)

Two people had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at 49 Huron St. in Guelph.

Firefighters were called to the multi-residential unit just after 12 p.m. on Monday after receiving multiple 911 calls from the neighbourhood. Thick black smoke could be seen coming from a second-storey window of the building.

All residents were evacuated safely. One woman had to be rescued from a lower level roof on the building where she had tried to escape the smoke.

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The fire was quickly brought under control by firefighters. It’s estimated the blaze caused about $100,000 in damage.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation. Early indications suggest the source of the fire was an unattended pot on a stove in one of the units.

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All residents have temporarily been displaced until a complete assessment of the building is conducted on the stability of the structure.