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One person dead after Charlottetown fire

Aug. 10, 2015, Charlottetown - The Charlottetown Fire Department says an investigation is underway to determine the cause of a fire at an apartment building that killed one person.

Deputy fire chief Tim Mamye says firefighters were called to the building on Prince Street just after 2 p.m. Sunday.

Mamye says the three-storey, 12 unit wood-frame apartment building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

He says officials started to conduct rescue searches inside the building, but had to pull out because of the extent of the fire.

Mamye says roughly 40 firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to other buildings.

He says one person died, but the victim's name has not been released pending the notification of family.

The Canadian Red Cross says about two dozen people were forced from their homes because of the blaze are being cared for at the Red Cross emergency shelter in the Charlottetown business park.

Mamye says due to the extent of the fire and water damage, he suspects the building is not salvageable.

He says crews remained in the building overnight to prevent the fire from rekindling and investigators were on scene Monday to determine its cause.

August 10, 2015
By The Canadian Press

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