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1 sent to hospital after apartment fire in central Hamilton

Don Mitchell / Global News

One person was sent to hospital after a multiple alarm apartment fire in central Hamilton on Monday night.

Hamilton Fire say they arrived at Wellington Place apartments near Wellington and Wilson Streets just after 11 p.m. and engaged a visible fire on the 15th floor balcony.

One person was removed from an apartment on the floor during a search and rescue operation.

Paramedics say the 26-year-old man was sent to a trauma centre in serious but stable condition after significant exposure to smoke.

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“The patient was speaking with paramedics throughout the call and in the transport to hospital,” paramedics superintendent Dave Thompson told Global News.

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There were no other injuries.

Fire chief Dave Cunliffe said the cause has not yet been determined but damage is estimated to be around $150,000.

“There is significant smoke and fire damage in the apartment and on the balcony,” Cunliffe said in a release following the blaze.

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“The balcony has also sustained some structural damage. ”

The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal is expected to arrive at the scene for an investigation on Tuesday.

Wellington Place was one of three apartments tied to recent COVID-19 outbreaks among high-rise residences in May.

The surge at the complex involved 45 cases, mainly among residents. The outbreak was declared over on May 27 after 17 days.

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