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One person dead in apartment fire in downtown Hamilton

One person has been pronounced dead at the scene of an apartment fire in downtown Hamilton. .
One person has been pronounced dead at the scene of an apartment fire in downtown Hamilton. .

The Hamilton Fire Department is investigating a fatal, multiple-alarm apartment fire downtown.

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It broke out around 5:15 p.m. Thursday on the 12th floor of an apartment building at 155 Market Street at Hess.

Heavy smoke was visible from the upper floors of the building, but fire crews were able to quickly bring it under control.

Deputy Fire Chief John Verbeek says during search and rescue operations, one person was found without vital signs and pronounced dead at the scene.

However, the victim’s age, gender and identity have yet to be released.

A transit bus was brought in for the evacuated residents, who were allowed back in the building by around 7p.m.

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The Ontario Fire Marshal has been notified. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Damage is estimated at $35, 000.