Fire at Mississauga townhouse complex leads to evacuation of 36 units

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Firefighters responded to a fire at a townhouse complex in Mississauga that broke out Sunday afternoon. (Submitted by Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services - image credit)
Firefighters responded to a fire at a townhouse complex in Mississauga that broke out Sunday afternoon. (Submitted by Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services - image credit)

A three-alarm fire tore through a townhouse complex in Mississauga, Ont., on Sunday afternoon, forcing residents out of 36 units at the site.

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services responded to the fire at a multi-unit residential complex at 2869 Battleford Rd. shortly after 2 p.m.

In a media statement sent Sunday evening, Fire Chief Deryn Rizzi said the fire had been put out, but it caused extensive damage to roof and attic space at the complex.

Rizzi told CBC News in a subsequent interview that the fire appears to have started outdoors on the balcony of one unit. It spread from there to the attic and then progressed along the upper floors of other units until it hit a firestop.

"The significant fire damage [is in] the upper units. However, the second floor and first floor units also had water and smoke damage," said Rizzi.

There have been no reported resident injuries, Rizzi said, although one firefighter suffered a minor injury.

Submitted by Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services
Submitted by Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services

Rizzi said the city organized buses to take affected residents to a reception centre set up at Meadowvale Community Centre where they can access social services, the office of emergency management and the Canadian Red Cross. Those organizations are helping co-ordinate food, shelter, clothing and medication where needed.

Residents who have insurance are encouraged to contact their provider, Rizzi said.

"We recognize this is very impactful for these families, that ... they've lost their home," said Rizzi.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services will remain at the site of the fire overnight and will work with Ontario's Office of the Fire Marshal Monday to continue the investigation.

The City of Mississauga has also set up an information line that residents can call for updates at 905-615-4508.

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