Five people, including a man in critical condition, were taken to hospital after a fire Wednesday night in a west Edmonton apartment building.
The fire, which started around 8 p.m, caused significant structural damage to the Erindale building at 9504 182nd St and left some tenants struggling to get out.
At least seven tenants were injured in the fire.
A man in his 30s was transported to hospital in critical, life-threatening condition, Alberta Health Services spokesperson Kerry Williamson said in an email Thursday.
A second man his 30s was taken from the scene in serious, potentially life-threatening condition.
Other people taken to hospital included a woman in her 60s in serious but stable condition, a woman in her 30s in serious, non-life-threatening condition, and a man in his 50s in stable, non-life-threatening condition.
Two other people were assessed by paramedics on scene, Williamson said.
The fire spread quickly through the upper levels of the four-storey building, leaving some residents struggling to escape, said Rowan Anderson, a spokesperson for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.
One person went into cardiac arrest during the evacuation, Anderson said.
Firefighters arrived at the property around 8 p.m. — about 10 minutes after the call came in, he said.
“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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