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1 taken to hospital after fire at Old Strathcona apartment leads to balcony rescues

One person was taken to hospital after a fire at an apartment building in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Eric Beck / Global News

Editor’s note: This story originally said a utility crew used a bucket truck to rescue people from their balconies. EPCOR has clarified crews used a ladder. This story has been updated with the correct information.

One person is in hospital after a fire at an apartment building at 99 Street and 85 Avenue Wednesday morning.

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services was called to the building, a low-rise apartment in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood, at 10:25 a.m.

Some residents were trapped on their balconies and an EPCOR crew that was on scene for unrelated work used a ladder to start rescuing people before fire crews arrived just before 10:30 a.m.

“We often attend to emergencies like building fires to turn off power, so fire crews can respond safely. In this case, fortunately, our employees happened to be nearby and had the resources to assist in the rescue,” Kelly Struski, a communications specialist with EPCOR said in an email Wednesday.

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Eric Beck / Global News

Crews on scene following a fire at 85 Avenue and 99 Street on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.One person was assessed on scene by EMS and taken to hospital. EFRS said there were no other injuries.

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The fire was under control by 11 a.m., according to fire officials.

There was extensive smoke and water damage visible at the building.

Investigators are working to determine a cause.

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