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Early morning Mattawa blaze leaves one person with life-threatening injuries

'It could easily have gone into all the units and it's in close proximity to the hospital and bush area so our fire department was on it and did a bang-up job'

An apartment fire in Mattawa early this morning has sent one person to hospital and left several families homeless.

Mayor Dean Backer told BayToday that the fire occurred in a social housing complex near the Mattawa hospital around 4:30 a.m.

The blaze was contained to one unit of row housing.

"The fire department did a fantastic job to contain it to one apartment," said Backer. "We do have one individual that's injured. We don't know the severity of the injury, but there are also other families that will be displaced because of the fire itself.

OPP say the injury is life-threatening.

"Four families have been displaced," added Backer.

The fire is on the corner of Park and Mattawan Streets, close to the Mattawa River.

Backer credits firefighters for their quick action.

"It could easily have gone into all the units and it's in close proximity to the hospital and bush area so our fire department was on it and did a bang-up job."

The Fire Marshall is on the way to investigate. Mattawan Street is closed to traffic at this time until fire crews are finished.   

BayToday will update.


Jeff Turl

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