Shortly after 12PM this afternoon on Feb 13 emergency services were called to 11 Toronto St in Colborne for a working structure fire. Multiple calls came in to the Peterborough Fire Communications centre for a working fire in a multi-unit dwelling.
Cramahe Township Fire Department responded along with mutual aid from Brighton Fire & Rescue, Trent Hills Fire & Rescue and Hamilton Township Fire Department who house the counties air supply trailer. Northumberland County OPP also responded to the call for service along with Northumberland County Paramedics.
We know that there are at least 4 units on the top level of the two-story building and all of the 8 occupants were able to safely evacuate the structure. At least one person has been transported to hospital to be assessed for smoke inhalation.
According to the incident commander, first arriving apparatus made contact with heavy smoke conditions coming from one of the four units. A full interview with the incident commander can be found below.
At approximately 3:45PM the fire was deemed as under control after overhaul was completed. This is the second historical building on the block to be damaged by fire in the last month.
At this time there is no word on how the fire started or which unit it started in. Approximately 8 people have been displaced from their residence with no word on when they will be able to assess damage and retrieve belongings.
Emergency Services have cleared the scene, where the Office of the Fire Marshal remain to determine details surrounding the fire. Members of the Northumberland County OPP remain to hold the scene.