A fire at a Fredericton apartment building at 594 Charlotte Street has displaced people in five apartments, including at least one STU student, Holly MacLellan.
“In circumstances like this we always see what the impact is on members of our community and see what we can do to help. If they are current students, we work with the professors and through student services,” said St. Thomas University spokesperson Jeffrey Carleton.
The fire started just before 1 a.m. on Saturday when police responded to a grease fire in the basement apartment, Fredericton Fire platoon captain Peter McMurtrie said. Investigators say the fire was accidental.
Everyone in the building got out safely. Four firefighters sustained minor injuries, sending one to hospital with second-degree burns on his face. He was released later Saturday morning.
Firefighters worked on the fire until daylight and stayed at the scene into the late afternoon. Firefighters deemed the building unsafe, so it was demolished.
“It was an older structure…The fire codes today are much more stringent than they would have been whenever [it] was built,” McMurtrie said.
The Red Cross was at the scene after the fire to assist the displaced residents.
Note: Peter McMurtrie’s name was not correct. We regret the error.
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