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Early morning fire destroys Victoria apartment building

A four storey Rockland home was destroyed after a fire ripped through the building early this morning, sending one man to hospital.

Victoria Fire Department arrived around 2 a.m. and witnessed fire engulfing the entire top floor of the building at 1114 Rockland Ave., where one man was trapped on the roof.

Fire crews used a ladder to rescue the man, who was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. Another 16 displaced residents are being temporarily housed at a Salvation Army shelter.

It took 20 firefighters and three fire trucks several hours to extinguish the fire in the 20-unit rooming house.

The building is now considered uninhabitable, said Fire Chief Paul Kowalyk.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

 

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