Fire officials say flames were showing from the third-floor suite when they arrived around 2:30 a.m. Monday.
Crews immediately started to extinguish the fire both outside through the balcony and inside to contain it to one suite.
Three people were rescued from the fire but one of the three was confirmed dead by firefighter paramedics.
The fire was contained to the one suite and was under control by 3 a.m.
A fire investigator has determined the fire originated in the living room of the suite.
A smoke alarm was also missing from the suite and that likely contributed to the death, according to the fire department.
Global News was given a copy of a recent inspection of the unit by the building’s caretaker. It shows the unit had a working smoke alarm as of Sept. 2.
“The assumption is the occupants removed the smoke alarm,” said assistant fire chief Yvonne Raymer.
She said the fire department’s portion of the investigation is finished. No charges have been laid.
A property manager told Global News the last fire safety inspection of the entire building was done on Sept. 1.
“This was a tragic accident and in reviewing our fire inspection history, this was actually a well-maintained building,” Raymer said.
Damage is estimated at $50,000.
Eleven people have been rehoused, while three are still living in the building.
— with files from Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi