Apartment fire sends two to hospital

Apartment fire in the 200 Block of Capel Street. November 23, 2021. (Photo couresy of Sarnia Fire Rescue via Twitter).

Sarnia Fire Rescue Services and Ontario Fire Marshal investigators are working to determine the cause of an apartment fire, which sent two people to hospital.

A blaze in the 200 Block of Capel Street was reported early Wednesday morning, around 2:32 a.m.

Three stations and 15 firefighters responded to the scene. Public Education Officer Mike Otis said firefighters encountered high heat due to a “high fire load” and thick black smoke when they entered the third floor apartment unit.

Two people were taken to Bluewater Health for possible smoke inhalation. Sadly, a cat died in the fire.

Otis said the investigation is in its early stages.

Damage is estimated to be over $100,000.

Fire officials are once again reminding residents of the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and a safety plan in place.

“No matter where you live, always make sure you know a couple of ways out and [have] a safe meeting place outside,” said Otis.

It was a busy 24 hours for Sarnia Fire Rescue as firefighters were also called to a collision on Highway 402 Tuesday evening and a shed fire on Russell Street Tuesday afternoon. Otis said firefighters were quick to extinguish the flames and prevent it from spreading to nearby homes.