Aerial apparatus used to rescue 11 people during Bradford apartment fire

Rescued individuals taken to hospital, four critical

A dramatic rescue in Bradford on Monday afternoon as firefighters used an aerial apparatus to pluck 11 people from the fifth floor after fire erupted in an eight-storey, 84-unit building.

The 11 individuals were taken to hospital. Fire Chief Jim Kay told a media briefing that four of them were in critical condition.

“It was reported that fire was coming out of the fifth floor and people were trapped on various balconies,” said Kay. “First crews arriving were faced with a lot of smoke and flames coming out of the fifth floor and multiple people on the balconies.”

Mutual aid was called in from 12 other fire departments.

During the height of the fire, Kay said people were told to shelter in place.

He said all the people that lived in the building have been transported to the Danube Seniors Centre where they are being cared for by the Red Cross.

Kay said the building suffered structural damage on the fifth and sixth floors and a structural engineer will have to do an inspection before the building can be occupied again.

The Ontario Fire Marshal will assist with the investigation into the cause of the blaze.