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Blaze causes about $75,000 in damages

By Michelle Allenberg, Tribune Staff

Welland firefighters work at the scene of a Wednesday night blaze at 242 East Main St. Dave Johnson/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network

Welland firefighters work at the scene of a Wednesday night blaze at 242 East Main St. Dave Johnson/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network

A fire in a multi-unit building in downtown Welland has resulted in about $75,000 in damage.

 

Firefighters responded to a call about a fire at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at 242 East Main St.

Deputy fire chief Adam Eckhart said working smoke alarms alerted residents to the fire. The 14 people living in the building were able to exit safely, although one person was taken to hospital after falling in the building’s parking lot while exiting the residence.

Eckhart said the fire ignited near music equipment and a garbage can. After an investigation, he said, the fire has been deemed accidental.

“There is not enough evidence to make an exact determination,” Eckhart said of the cause via phone Thursday afternoon.

Five fire trucks, with 25 volunteer firefighters and eight career firefighters, worked to extinguish the blaze. Eckhart said it took about 25 minutes to gain control of the fire.

The fire started in one of the units in the building and was isolated to that unit. Eckhart said the fire started in a bedroom and the unit sustained smoke and heat damage, but there was no damage to the rest of the building.

Two occupants were displaced by the fire. Eckhart said the Red Cross is assisting the two people while repairs to their apartments are made.

Eckhart stressed the importance of working smoke detectors and having an exit plan. He said one tenant put off calling 911 due to a lack of an exit plan.

MAllenberg@postmedia.com

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