8 families displaced after massive fire at Brampton townhouse complex
Published Sunday, December 13, 2015 11:08AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, December 13, 2015 5:59PM EST
The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a massive fire in Brampton that left eight families without homes.
The blaze broke out at approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday at a townhome on Darras court, in the area of Bramalea Road and Balmoral Dive.
Within minutes, the fire had spread to several adjoining homes, Brampton Fire Platoon Chief Edward Davis told reporters on Sunday.
No one was injured, but it took firefighters seven hours to knock down the blaze and put out any lingering hot spots.
Footage from the blaze shows towering flames and columns of smoke that were visible from nearby Highway 407.
The fire caused damage to a total of eight homes, Davis said.
“We have lost eight units but the very good news is that there were no civilian injuries and no firefighter injuries,” Davis said.
But eight families, including 12 adults and several teenagers, are not able to return to their damaged units.
The damage is estimated at more than $2 million.
City works to help displaced families
On Sunday afternoon, the City of Brampton says it is working with the Red Cross to provide as much support as possible for the displaced residents.
A Brampton resident has also set up a GoFundMe page asking the community to help raise $25,000 for the displaced families.
One of the families displaced by the fire has also started a similar online fundraiser.