50 people displaced in Miramichi, N.B., apartment fire

Three of the residents waiting outside of the building in a car. Megan Yamoah/Global News

About 50 tenants have been temporarily displaced on Saturday night after a fire in one apartment in Miramichi, N.B. resulted in power being disconnected for safety reasons.

The fire began in a lower-level room in the 40-unit Skyway Lodge building, and was quickly contained.

According to Canadian Red Cross, the three-storey structure at 5 Cole Cres. is adjacent to a similar building that was evacuated June 19 due to a fire marshal’s order over safety concerns during ongoing renovations.

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The apartment’s residents said to Global News that power was restored on Sunday morning, which the Canadian Red Cross hope would allow most tenants to return home.

The fire occurred in the midst of the popular four-day annual Miramichi Irish Festival and there is little or no hotel or motel vacancy in the area.

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Canadian Red Cross volunteers from Miramichi, augmented by a team deployed from Moncton, has opened a temporary shelter using two conference rooms made available by the Miramichi Rodd Hotel, about four kilometres away.

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So far, 37 tenants from 29 units of 5 Cole Cres. have registered with the Red Cross and are staying temporarily at the shelter.

Other tenants made their own arrangements such as staying with relatives or friends in the community.

Residents said to Global News that the Red Cross also gave them 52 credit card/ visa debit card for food.

There were no reported injuries from the fire.

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