ETS buses were brought for shelter and residents wrapped themselves in grey emergency blankets to keep warm. From the exterior, extensive damage was apparent to two units on the building’s northeast corner. The siding and balconies on the third and fourth floor were charred, and the glass in the windows and doors were broken. An orange tarp stretched across the doorway on the third floor unit.
Andre Richards lives in the unit on fourth floor which appeared to have extensive damage from the blaze. He believes the fire started below him. Richards’ first warning that something was wrong was wrong was when his cat woke him up.
“I let the cat out of my room because I thought he just wanted out. About five minutes later, the alarm started going off,” Richards said.
He got up and went through the apartment. From his kitchen, he could see flames licking up the side of the building. Richards grabbed his cat and quickly started trying to alert others that they needed to evacuate.
“I went out into the hallway and started banging on peoples’ doors,” he said.
Richards said he and his neighbours who made it out were grateful to be safe and feeling a bit confused about what would happen with their homes.
Around 8 a.m., some of the residents were allowed back in to collect a few important items and came out carrying folders or small bags.
A Fire Rescue Services spokeswoman said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Fire crews also responded to a fire in a single-family home in west Edmonton overnight. At 12:55 a.m., crews were called to a fire at a home at 161 Street and 110 Avenue. The blaze was out by 2:55 a.m. and there were no injuries. The cause of this fire is also still under investigation.