East Hamilton residence that caught fire had no smoke alarms: OFM

OPP are assisting the Office of the Fire Marshal after a person died in a Stone Mills house fire over the weekend. Don Mitchell / Global News

Ontario’s fire marshal’s office (OFM) says there were no working smoke detectors or CO alarms at a residence in Hamilton’s lower east end that caught fire on Thursday morning.

A spokesperson for the OFM says the investigation into the cause of the blaze which started before 5 a.m. Jan. 14 is ongoing.

Investigators have confirmed the fire started in a second-floor room, with most of the fire damage contained to the second storey.

Damage is estimated to be around $250,000 which includes water damage, according to Hamilton fire.

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Two people had to be rescued by firefighters from the two-and-a-half storey residence on Lloyd Street between Barton Street East and Gage Avenue North when one became trapped on the second floor and another on the first floor.

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Both were sent to hospital along with a third person, all suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, according to Hamilton paramedics.

A 30-year-old man was transported in critical condition.

One firefighter involved in the rescue was also transported to the hospital as a precaution for a “heat-related condition.”

In all, five people were evacuated from the home.

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