More than $2 million in damages at Burloak fire

The Burlington Fire Department had to evacuate several hundred people at an office building near Burloak Drive on February 10 in east Burlington, which caused $2 to $3 million in damages. The blaze began shortly before noon in a six-storey mixed-tenant building at 5240 North Service Rd. There were nine fire trucks from Burlington. The Oakville Fire Department sent two ladder trucks as part of its mutual aid agreement with Burlington. The blaze was under control by 1 p.m., with firefighters still managing hot spots into the evening. One man was trapped on the roof and had to be rescued by a ladder truck. He was treated on the scene by Halton EMS. Another person was taken to hospital for minor smoke inhalation and was released. No other injuries are reported. Burlington Transit buses were sent to the building to keep occupants warm. Roads and ramps to the QEW were reportedly closed for part of the day due to the large amount of smoke. The cause of the fire appears to be related to roofing activity. Damage is estimated to be between $2 and $3 million.

“We are thankful to all the firefighters and emergency responders who gave their best today to ensure we got everyone safely out of the building, including a building worker who was trapped on the roof", said Burlington Deputy Fire Chief Karen Roche. "We are fortunate that there were no significant injuries in a fire of this size, and that everyone could return home safely to their families.”

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