2 people hospitalized after fire consumes Holyrood rental unit in east Edmonton – Global News

2 people hospitalized after fire consumes Holyrood rental unit in east Edmonton - Global News
Crews battling fire in Holyrood neighbourhood
Two people were taken to hospital after fire broke out Friday morning at an apartment complex in east Edmonton, where the land is slated for redevelopment.

The fire broke out shortly after 6:30 a.m. in a two-story townhouse building along 85 Street near 93 Avenue.

“It was one of those fires you don’t get that often where you have residents literally jumping out of windows to save their own lives,” Edmonton Fire and Protective Services acting district Chief Willie Chabaniuk said Friday morning. “We were very impressed that residents came to the aid of those who needed help in the early hours this morning.”

Edmonton Fire Rescue said six fire trucks and about 24 firefighters arrived four minutes later to find an active fire. Smoke could be seen pouring out of one of the wood-frame buildings.

Paramedics took a man and a woman to hospital in stable condition after assessing five people, according to Alberta Health Services. The people climbed out windows to flee what neighbours describe as a fast-moving blaze in the two-storey townhouse at 9369A 85 Street NW.

Before crews arrived people were escaping by jumping from windows and climbing down trees, Edmonton Fire Rescue acting district chief Willie Chabaniuk said, adding there were reports of neighbours jumping in to help.

“It was one of those fires that we don’t get that often, where we get residents literally jumping out of windows to save their own lives,” Chabaniuk said.

There was a man in the basement of the burning townhouse who wasn’t leaving, Breen said. Flames were moving from the dining room to the kitchen, which would block the man’s exist, Breen said. He yelled at him to get out.

“We’re very impressed to hear that residents came to the aid of those who needed help in the early hours this morning.”

“By this point, the windows were breaking, the smoke is billowing out of all the windows, and he went in there to get this guy out,” McDonald said. “When (the man inside) came out, he was coughing.”

Fire broke out Friday morning at a townhouse rental complex along 85 Street near 93 Avenue in east Edmonton’s Holyrood neighbourhood. Friday, May 17, 2019.

Charles McDonald, who lives in the next row of townhouses, woke up to the sound of a woman yelling, “Fire.” When he looked out his window, she was standing on a canopy over a front door on the second storey.

“I [took] a look out the window and I can see this woman climbing out of the second floor bedroom window onto the canopy and I [was] thinking, ‘What the hell is this?”

McDonald heard the woman scream “fire” and saw smoke billowing out of the unit. Not even stopping to put on shoes, he ran outside and grabbed his ladder. By time he arrived a second woman was also waiting to be helped down.

At around 8 a.m., firefighters were using tools to chop away portions of the wall and roof that were smouldering. The inside of the first floor kitchen and living room was black.

Watch below: Two people were taken to hospital after a residential fire Friday morning in the Holyrood area. Kent Morrison has more of the blaze and those who stepped up to help.

Another neighbour, Nick Breen, came running out of his townhouse when he heard yelling. He called 9-1-1 when he saw smoke and flames emanating from the suite a few down from his.

The women were panicking about a third lady believed to still be inside, and McDonald said another man named Dale also jumped in to help. “He started kicking in the front door and by time we got the door open, we had heard that she was already out back.”

Chabaniuk said firefighters found the dog inside and took it to a vet, which he said was unusual practice for them. A cat that lived in the townhouse is missing, he said.

McDonald said Dale was “the real hero,” saying he ran inside the unit to help a man who was trapped. “He went inside and pulled this guy out.”

MacDonald and Chabaniuk both said after jumping into action, Dale just carried on with his day and went to work. “So we’re following up on that to make sure that he didn’t sustain any burns, and just to see that he’s ok,” Chabaniuk said.

Meanwhile, another woman and man climbed out a second-storey window at the back of the townhouse and escaped by jumping into a tree, Breen said.

Fire broke out Friday morning at a townhouse rental complex along 85 Street near 93 Avenue in east Edmonton’s Holyrood neighbourhood. Friday, May 17, 2019.

In a statement issued around 9 a.m., Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said two people were transported to hospital. Officials initially reported that only one person was brought to hospital. 

Fire broke out Friday morning at a townhouse rental complex along 85 Street near 93 Avenue in east Edmonton’s Holyrood neighbourhood. Friday, May 17, 2019.

Crews were called to the home in the area of 85th Street and 93rd Avenue around 6:30 a.m., Edmonton Fire Rescue Services spokesperson Kristie Bland told CBC News.

Alberta Health Services said paramedics checked out five adults on scene. Chabaniuk said they ranged from 18 to 61 years old.

A man and a women were taken to hospital in stable condition, but AHS did not disclose the extent of their injuries.

Two people were taken to hospital after a Friday morning townhouse fire in southeast Edmonton, says Alberta Health Services.

There was a cat and a dog in the home. The dog was found badly burned, and Chabaniuk said he rushed it to the VCA Canada Guardian Veterinary Centre (formerly known as the Guardian Veterinary Centre) on 99 Street. He didn’t have high hopes for the pet’s survival. The cat has not been found.

The fire, inside an end unit of a building in the Holyrood Gardens development, was brought under control around 7:30 a.m.

Chabaniuk said the fire stops and drywall between the units stopped the flames from spreading next door. He was hopeful neighbours would be able to return home later Friday afternoon.

Firefighters arrived at the two-storey property in the Holyrood neighbourhood within 10 minutes, Bland said.

WATCH BELOW: The Global 1 news helicopter was over an apartment fire near 85 Street and 93 Avenue in east Edmonton’s Holyrood area Friday morning.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but investigators were called in. The fire was brought under control around 7:30 a.m. and put out later in the morning.

Some residents were at home when the fire started but were able to get out on their own, Bland said. 

The area is zoned to be redeveloped into Holyrood Gardens, a 1,200 unit residential complex spread over eight buildings that would be between four- and 25-storeys tall.

Three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after a fire in the Holyrood neighbourhood Friday morning.

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services says fire was reported at 6:36 a.m. at 93 Avenue and 85 Street.  Crews arrived on scene at 6:40 a.m..

"The drywall definitely did its job in this case, acting as a fire stop," said Acting District Chief Willie Chabaniuk.

Five residents self-evacuated from the home before fire crews arrived on scene, with the help of their neighbours.

"It was one of those fires that we dont get that often where you have residents literally jumping out of windows to save their own lives," said Chabaniuk.  "So were very impressed to hear that residents came to the aid of those needing help in the early hours this morning."

A dog and cat were reportedly left behind when the residents evacuated.  The dog was found and taken to the emergency vet, and may need to be euthanized. The cat was not located.