4 people hospitalized as west Edmonton apartment building heavily damaged by fire

Five people were taken to hospital after a fire Wednesday night in a west Edmonton apartment building.

One person was in critical condition and four others were in stable condition when they were taken from the scene, Alberta Health Services spokesperson Kerry Williamson said in an email Thursday.

The fire caused significant structural damage to the Erindale building at 9504 182nd St. Fire officials had previously reported that four people had been hospitalized.

Firefighters arrived at the property around 8 p.m. — about 10 minutes after the call came in, said Rowan Anderson, a spokesperson for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.

Anderson said the fire spread quickly through the upper levels of the four-storey building, leaving some residents struggling to escape.

One person who went into cardiac arrest during the evacuation and was taken to hospital, Anderson said.  

‘Total evacuation’

“A number of people self-evacuated but fire crews did have to help get some people out,” Anderson said in an interview. 

“There were reports of people being stranded on patios and looking for help.” 

Nine fire crews were dispatched to the scene. The fire was out by 9:40 p.m.

The building remains evacuated and it’s unclear when residents will be able to return. 

Structural damage to the building was significant, Anderson said. 

The top three floors are very badly damaged, the roof is badly damaged and there is a total evacuation of people there.-Rowan Anderson

“The top three floors are very badly damaged, the roof is badly damaged and there is a total evacuation of people there,” Anderson said. 

“The top three floors are kind of completely charred and just a mess.” 

Anderson said city officials helped at least 14 tenants find temporary accommodations in nearby hotels.

As of Thursday morning, firefighters remained at the scene, assessing the damage and extinguishing hotspots.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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