Tenant dies in fire
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Nov 01, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Tenant dies in fire

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert editor@stratfordgazette.com

An apartment fire in the city's north end that filled an upper-floor unit with heavy smoke and intense heat has left one tenant dead.

The Stratford Fire Department received a 911 call at 12:25 p.m. Thursday from a resident at 42 Campbell Crt. who noticed smoke in the building's hallway. Deputy Fire Chief Michael Gornyiczki said crews arrived at the scene approximately six minutes later.

They located the fifth-floor unit where the fire was contained and were able to extinguish the flames "quite quickly."

It wasn't until they began to ventilate the unit that the deceased body was discovered. As of Friday morning, officials had yet to name the victim, who is believed to have been the tenant of the unit.

The Office of the Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the incident. Gornyiczki said officials are still early in their investigation and that the cause of the fire and its origin have yet to be determined.

As a safety precaution, all tenants on the fifth floor of the building were evacuated when firefighters arrived at the scene. Several tenants with either health or mobility issues also chose to leave. Perth County EMS was on hand to assist tenants with health concerns and municipal transit buses were used for shelter for a period. Displaced tenants from the fifth floor were transported to the Rotary Complex before being allowed back into the building.

Victim Services was also called to assist.

The incident was the city's first fatality of this nature since 2010, when a 78-year-old Greenwood Drive resident perished in an accidental kitchen fire.

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