One person is in hospital with serious injuries after jumping from the sixth floor to escape an early morning apartment fire in south Edmonton. Fire crews were called to the Ermineskin Place apartment complex near 23rd Avenue and 104th Street just before 5 a.m. Sunday after smoke was spotted coming from a sixth-floor suite.

An Edmonton Fire Rescue spokeswoman said the person inside the suite jumped to escape the smoke and flames. That person remains in hospital.

‘This morning was so scary’

Connie Rabin, who lives on the seventh floor of the building, said she was woken up by someone banging on her door. Confused, she left her suite and quickly walked down the stairs and out of the building.

She said she didn’t really understand what was happening.

“It’s a big building and all people were panicked,” she said. “We were so scared, we don’t have our jacket on, it was cold outside. I don’t want it to happen again. Thank God we’re safe.”

Ryan Meredith woke up to the sounds of fire trucks at around 4:30 a.m.

He said he rushed out of the building and stood among around 70 people on the sidewalk and parking lot. Around five fire trucks were already at the apartment, he said.

“Within 20 minutes im pretty sure every fire department on the south side was here, tons of cops,” he said.

“It’s a good thing the whole place didn’t burn down. A lot of people were worried.”

The fire was declared out just before 6 a.m. Investigators remain on scene. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.