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One person displaced after late night apartment fire on Woolwich

The apartment building at Woolwich Street and Eramosa Road was temporarily evacuated during the 2:30 a.m. fire
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Guelph Fire Department is on the scene of an apartment fire on Woolwich Street that was called in during the early morning hours on Saturday. The Office of the Fire Marshall is also investigating. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday

One person is displaced after an early morning apartment fire on Woolwich Street at Eramosa Road in the early morning hours on Saturday.

The fire was confined to a single suite on the fourth floor, said deputy chief Monty Armstrong by phone on Saturday.

Armstrong said the 911 call came in at about 1:10 a.m. Saturday and the fire was contained soon after firefighters arrived. 

"We evacuated the building for the duration of time it took to put out the fire and clear all of the smoke," said Armstrong.

Four fire engines and two ladder truck responded to the fire.

"That's a normal response for a tall building fire," said Armstrong.

Two city buses were brought on scene as temporary shelter for the residents until they were eventually allowed back inside.

"They have all been cleared to go back into the building," said Armstrong.

One person who lived in the suite was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation but has since been released, said Armstrong.

"The person in that suite is displaced but we have accommodation for them."

There were no additional injuries to other residents or to firefighters.

Armstrong said the operation was a collaborative effort between Guelph Fire Department, Guelph Police Service, Guelph Transit , Guelph Humane Society and other partners.

"A lot of residents had animals and we wanted to make sure they were looked after," said Armstrong about the Humane Society's involvement.

The fire is currently under investigation between Guelph Fire Department, Guelph Police Service and the Office of the Fire Marshal, said Armstrong.


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Kenneth Armstrong is a news reporter and photojournalist who regularly covers municipal government, business and politics and photographs events, sports and features.
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