Moncton apartment fire forces 10 people out of their homes
The fire broke out at a 3-storey apartment building in downtown Moncton
Ten people — including one toddler — have been forced from their homes after an early morning fire ripped through an apartment building in downtown Moncton.
The blaze started around 1 a.m. on Wednesday at a five-unit apartment building at 258 to 264 Robinson Street, according to the Canadian Red Cross.
No one was injured in the fire, but the organization said its disaster volunteers helped all 10 people with emergency lodging and arranged for purchases of clothing, food and other basics.
Platoon Chief Paul Bruens, with the Moncton Fire Department, said the fire was contained between the second and third floors of the three-storey building.
"It was a very hardworking fire because [there was] a lot of concealed spaces where the fire had extended into," he said. "The fire had extended into the walls and the attic area."
Bruens said it took several hours to get the fire under control and crews remained on scene until about 5:30 a.m.
"The firefighters had to do a lot to get it under control," he said.
He said the building also suffered smoke, heat and water damage, but the structure can and will be repaired.
There were 19 firefighters on scene from the Moncton Fire Department.
Bruens said fire crews are still investigating the cause of the fire and where it first broke out.