CORNWALL – A man has died after being pulled from a burning multiplex overnight in Cornwall.
The fire in the two storey building at 22 Sixth Street West, which has four or possibly five apartments, appeared to start in the upper portion of a covered stairwell – the only access to an upstairs apartment.
There were 19 firefighters and up to five fire trucks on the scene shortly after 2:30 a.m.
Three of those firefighters had to be treated for minor injuries from battling the fire.
Shortly after the blaze was under control, a group of firefighters pulled the lifeless body of a man from the back of the building.
A paramedic and a firefighter frantically performed chest compressions on the badly-burned victim before loading them in an ambulance.
He later died in hospital. His identity has not been released.
Other tenants of the building – some with family pets – stood nearly as they were being aided by the Canadian Red Cross.
Neighbours tell Cornwall Newswatch there was another fire a couple of years ago in the opposite end of the building, possibly caused by a candle.
A section of Sixth Street West from Burton Avenue to Pitt Street was to remain closed this morning as police and the city’s emergency command center held the scene.
The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating.
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