A fire tore through two homes in Hamilton, burning off both roofs, and one person was rushed to hospital in critical condition Thursday afternoon, says the fire department.
When firefighters arrived at the scene — on Melbourne Street between Dundurn Street South and Poulette Street — they learned someone may be inside, Fire Chief Dave Cunliffe told reporters.
They found a person on the first floor, pulled them from the burning house and provided first aid.
The person was transported to a hospital burn unit and is now in critical condition, he said. The other residents of the homes were at school and work at the time of the fire and have been offered shelter through Red Cross.
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Cunliffe said at the height of the fire about 50 firefighters were there.
He estimated there was $1.5 million in damages and the Office of the Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.
“There is no indication of what the cause is or the nature of it,” he said.
Firefighters also rescued four dogs and one cat.
They were able to prevent the fire from damaging neighbouring properties including one under construction next door.
Cunliffe said he expects Melbourne Street to be closed for the rest of the day and possibly Friday.