Charlotte Street fire hits STU close to home

It took about six hours for Fredericton firefighters to put out the fire in this home at 594 Charlotte Street. Four firefighters sustained minor injuries. None of the residents were hurt. The building was demolished Saturday after fighfighters deemed it unsafe. (Tom Bateman/AQ)

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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  • EDITBOT

    Let me pull out my red pen:

    "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."

    You need a comma at the end of this lede, or eliminate "at least one."

    "The fire started just before 1 a.m. on Saturday when police responded to a grease fire [did it? or did it start before the police responded?] in the basement apartment, Fredericton Fire platoon captain Peter McMurtrie said. Investigators say the fire was accidental [in nature? or do the believe the fire was an accident?]."

    AND THE BIGGEST FIX:

    “It was an older structure…The fire codes today are much more stringent than they would have been whenever [it] was built,” McMurty said.

    How is this guy's name spelled? 'Cause you wrote it twice, both differently. Bad, bad, bad mistake. Names are IMPORTANT.

  • EDITBOT

    Also — it's nice you don't have to put a byline on this mess.

    • Alexander Solak

      QQ harder

      • EDITBOT

        Try not to take this criticism as a joke or, as it seems you have, as an offense. This story was sloppily put together and in one case factually incorrect. It is unprofessional to reply to the readership that take the time to read the content and point out inconsistencies and errors (some glaring, some still left unfixed), considering they are the reason why the story was written in the first place.

        It's a shame, really, that someone in charge of a site that is supposed to help students of the craft develop their talent in a working environment would behave so unprofessionally and reply in such a dismissive way that would NEVER be tolerated in the 'real world' business of journalism.

        Mr. Solak, you're a less than stellar representative of the journalism department at STU, one department in particular that should make it a clear objective to work with (not against) its (albeit limited) audience.

        For shame.

  • EDITBOT

    Also missed the period in the middle of the lede.

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