Welland fire displaces about 24 people

The Welland Fire and Emergency Services Department with mutual aid from Pelham are currently working to control an early morning fire at 675 King St. in Welland that has displaced about 24 people.

The Welland Fire and Emergency Services Department with mutual aid from the Pelham Fire and Emergency Services Department were battling a fire at a multi-unit property at 675 King St. in Welland Friday May 12.

“At about 5 a.m. this morning, the Niagara Regional Police, Welland Fire and Emergency Services Department and Niagara EMS were dispatched to this multi-unit residence on King St. for a structure fire,” Niagara Regional Police media relations officer Const. Phil Gavin said. “The residents of the structure have been evacuated while Welland Fire continues their containment.”

Early reports were that one person was unaccounted for. According to PC Phil Gavin’s Twitter feed, the person was located and is safe.

“When we arrived the second floor was fully engulfed,” Welland Fire and Emergency Services Department Chief Brian Kennedy said. “The crew entered and encountered heavy fire, it was already burning up over in the ceiling.”

“We then went to a defensive attack,” he said. “We have about 42 staff members on the scene, we have Pelham Fire in on mutual aid.”

The building had five units.

“We evacuated that building and the building next to it, we have about 24 people displaced right now,” Kennedy said. “We have Red Cross and Victim’s Services on location assisting us with the residents.”

“The OFM (Ontario Fire Marshal) has been contacted and will be attending,” he said.

Kennedy estimated that they will be on scene for most of the day containing the fire then investigating the cause.

King St. from Seventh St. to Ontario Rd. and Ontario Rd. from Canal Bank St. to King St. is closed to traffic and will be closed most of the day.

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