Charlottetown apartment building destroyed in fire


All the residents of a Charlottetown apartment building got out safely when a fire destroyed their homes early Wednesday morning.


The building at 10 Harley Street is just a few years old.

Firefighters reposition a hose. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

The resident manager of the 29-unit building said tenants woke up this morning to the sound of a large bang. A check of the residents list confirmed everyone got out safely.

All the residents are seniors. One uses a wheelchair and many use walkers, but police and firefighters were able to get them out before the fire spread.

The fire spread all across the roof of the building. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

The fire chief confirmed the building is a total loss.

Dan Sampson, director of property management for building owner Killam Apartment REIT, is on his way to Charlottetown from Halifax.

“The fire has impacted the entire top floor of the building,” said Sampson 

“The roof appears to have been engulfed in flames and of course the water used to put out the fire would have impacted most of the units in the building.”

The 52 residents are now meeting with the Red Cross in a nearby building to arrange temporary accommodation. The city and Killam also have staff assisting, and the city is ready to bring in additional resources if needed.

A large section of the building was destroyed, and firefighters were still battling to save another section. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

Charlottetown police are asking people to stay clear of the area, at the roundabout on Allen Street and Mount Edward Road, to give firefighters room to do their work.

Residents Dorothy Taylor and Mary Plamandon said they became aware there was a fire at about 4:30 a.m. They said they both got out as quickly as they could, not taking the time to even grab their phones.

Firefighters pour water on the apartment building. (Samantha Juric/CBC)

They have both been living in the building since it opened two and a half years ago.

Resident Denise Despres said she got out just as fire trucks started arriving, and three floors at the end of the building were already engulfed.

“Everything is gone,” said Despres.

“We watched the fire burn through the whole roof. We know it’s a loss. It’s a total loss.”

The fire comes at a time when apartment vacancy rates are at a record low in the city, and during the height of tourism season, which could make finding temporary accommodations difficult.

Residents look on as the fire burns. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

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