Ontario Firefighters Rescue Three from Burning Building

Updated: 01-22-2007 09:23:12 AM

The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario)

Firefighters rescued three people from a second-storey balcony and two more from a bedroom when they were trapped by an early-morning fire in a Kitchener triplex on Saturday.

The fire started at about 3 a.m. in the kitchen of the second-floor apartment at 419 Ottawa St. S. near Hoffman Street, said Doug Voisin, acting platoon chief with the Kitchener Fire Department.

A 20-year-old woman escaped from the apartment with two small children before firefighters arrived.

Three people trapped on the balcony were rescued using an extension ladder.

Firefighters found two more people trapped in a bedroom of the second-storey apartment.

In total, six people were taken to St. Mary's Hospital.

They were given oxygen for smoke inhalation, Platoon Chief Ron Taves said.

All six were released from hospital Saturday night.

A "tremendous amount of dark black smoke" from the fire caused extensive damage to the middle unit of the triplex, Voisin said.

The third floor unit also sustained smoke damage, but not as severely as the apartment below.

Damage is estimated to be about $50,000.

Fire prevention officers are still investigating the cause of the fire, but they don't believe it is suspicious, officials said.