Two in critical condition after Hamilton blaze, Fire Department confirms


Published March 19, 2024 at 10:07 am

The Hamilton Fire Department confirmed the blaze at 8 Dalkeith Dr. this morning caused some $650,000 in damages to the home.

The fire broke out in the east end home around 1:15 a.m. on March 19, according to the fire department. As firefighters approached the scene, they reported heavy smoke throughout the area. By the time they arrived, heavy flames could be seen coming out of the second and third-storey windows.

On the west side of the home, flames began to emerge from a dormer (or a window which juts out of the roof). These flames began “lapping” on the roof of the neighbouring home. Reports emerged that two people were trapped on the second floor.

The fire department upgraded the blaze to a multiple alarm to allow the use of more resources. On arrival, firefighters entered the home through the first floor and found heavy smoke. They headed upstairs to the second floor, finding two people in a back room. One of them did not have vital signs.

The fire crew managed to pull the pair out of the home. Hamilton Paramedics kept the pair breathing and rushed them to hospital. However, both remain in critical condition. Hamilton Fire also rescued a pet dog from the home.

It took about 20 to 25 minutes for the fire department to contain the “well-involved” fire. They also managed to minimize damage to the neighbouring home. Since the two occupants were hurt, they also brought in the Ontario Fire Marshall to investigate. The fire department estimates the fire caused $650,000 in damages.

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