Red Cross helping evacuees of fatal fire at senior’s residence
Published Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:41PM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:47PM MDT
Dozens of firefighters were needed to battle the flames of a fire that broke out inside a northwest Edmonton senior’s residence early Tuesday afternoon – and help has been called in to assist the evacuees.
Crews were called to the Canora Gardens senior's residence, located on 101 Avenue and 151 Street, at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The blaze was reportedly out before 4 pm.
In the end, officials said dozens of firefighters were on the scene dealing with the blaze and the evacuation of the building.
“At this time, we’ve had 15 units respond to the scene, in the neighbourhood of 60 to 70 firefighters,” District Fire Chief Randy Shakura said. “We’ve executed multiple rescues in difficult conditions.”
CTV News has confirmed 98 residents were evacuated - some by ladder, as crews continued to battle the flames.
Rescuers brought an individual from the complex, and attempted to resuscitate them, but were not successful.
The evacuated residents will not be allowed back into the facility until Wednesday, at the earliest.
Those in need of temporary housing will be taken to another nearby senior’s residence.
Officials at the residence said other plans have also been made.
“We have booked accommodations at three hotels, to provide emergency accommodation for tonight,” Greg Dewling with the Greater Edmonton Foundation said following the blaze.
Red Cross volunteers are also working to make sure evacuees are reunited with family and loved ones.
Edmonton Emergency Relief Services is seeking donations for displaced residents, officials are looking for the following:
- Clean clothing
- New toiletries
- New underwear
- New pillows
- Financial donations, tax receipts will be provided
Volunteers are also required, the donation centre (10255 – 104 Street) will be open on Wednesday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., for more information call 780-428-4422.
As a result of the investigation into the fire, police have blocked off three sections of road surrounding the complex:
- 151 Street, and 152 Street, north of Stony Plain Road – to 103 Avenue
- 102 Avenue from 149 Street to 153 Street
Police said they expect to re-open those roads tomorrow.
With files from David Ewasuk