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Early morning multiple alarm fire in Central Hamilton

Hamilton, ON - At approximately 3:39 am this morning (Monday) the Hamilton Fire Department received a call for a reported structure fire at 202 Cannon Street East at the corner of Cathcart Street in Ward 2. First arriving crews reported heavy smoke and a well involved fire on first floor of a large two storey block building with fire lapping up to the second floor and roof area. Based on the conditions present and number of apartments/rooms within the building, the alarm was upgraded and additional resources from across the City were dispatched. Aggressive interior search/rescue and firefighting operations were quickly initiated.

While conducting interior operations, crews determined that the building was undergoing some renovations and there were a number of hazards including holes in the floors. The fire was brought under control within approximately 20 minutes. There was no one found to be in the building during the search and rescue operations. Damage to sections of both the first and second floor is extensive. During firefighting operations, one firefighter sustained a hand injury and was sent to the hospital for treatment. No other injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time. The Ontario Fire Marshals Office will be notified.