UPDATE: Labrador City apartment building destroyed by fire

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Firefighters in Labrador City are attempting to prevent a fire that has destroyed an apartment building under construction from spreading to a neighbouring hospital.

According to Mayor Karen Oldford, most of the unoccupied apartment complex on Booth Avenue has collapsed. She said firefighters were still at the scene as of midday Sunday.

Captain William Jackman Hospital has been evacuated, and Oldford said people have been advised to seek treatment either through the Fermont Health Centre or the Iron Ore Company of Canada’s (IOC) own medical personnel.

“If there’s an urgent or emergent (matter), they are still able to work out of the emergency department at the hospital,” said the mayor.

People dealing with a medical emergency are asked to call 709-944-2632.

The fire was first reported at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday. Events scheduled for the day at Labrador City Arena have been cancelled, and residents with breathing problems have been asked to remain indoors.

Oldford said in light of the community’s housing shortage, the loss of the yet-to-be-occupied apartment building is significant. It was set to provide living space for 108 families, many of them likely to have been employed with IOC.

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(Earlier story)

An apartment building under construction in Labrador City went up in flames early Sunday morning.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary was called to the scene of the blaze at about 3 a.m. Police describe the damage to the building as "extensive."

The apartment complex is on Booth Avenue close to the Captain William Jackman Hospital. The health facility was evacuated as a precaution while firefighters battled the fire.

The RNC is investigating the cause of the blaze and is asking anyone with information to contact them at 944-7602 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Geographic location: Labrador

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  • Just Saying
    November 04, 2012 - 16:02

    Count your blessings that this sad event has prevented an additional 108 families from adding additional stress and strain to an already overwhelmed region that is not equipped to deal with the population it has let alone adding more. Till the Lab West Region improves infrastructure, the population CAN NOT be permitted to increase. People go hungry as it is due to contractors staying in camps and being provided meals stripping the grocery stores bare. This is the best thing to have happened to Lab West in years. Two dentists that it takes months to get an appointment to see when you have an emergency. Health care providers quitting and leaving people to suffer. Yes this could be seen as a very good thing indeed.

    • Stop saying
      November 05, 2012 - 08:16

      I don't know how anyone can be so crass as this. First off, no one is going hungry in Lab West. The shelves are not as bare as you're claiming and if they are you should expand your pallet and you'll find plenty of other options available. If anyone is low on food it's because of their economic situation, and the town's food bank has ample supplies for anyone in need. So that's completely ridiculous. You're just another Lab West resident crying how things aren't the same as the old days, and it's a tired song you're singing. To suggest that a building burning down is a "good thing indeed" is the most uneducated thought I've had the misfortune of reading yet. Just Saying, maybe you should stop saying anything at all, I think the smoke has gone to your head.

  • Mike O'
    November 04, 2012 - 15:47

    Firefighters in Labrador City are attempting to prevent a fire that has destroyed an apartment building. How can you possibly attempt to prevent a fire that has already destroyed a building? Terrible loss for Labrador City, the housing shortage is already critical

    • PhilB
      November 04, 2012 - 22:21

      MIKE O', If you read the article correctly you will see it reads "Firefighters in Labrador City are attempting to prevent a fire that has destroyed an apartment building under construction from spreading to a neighbouring hospital." Read before you comment please.

    • lablab
      November 09, 2012 - 21:46

      Mike ' Firefighters are attempting to prevent the fire to spread to the hospital read again buddy Firefighters in Labrador City are attempting to prevent a fire that has destroyed an apartment building under construction from ****spreading to a neighbouring hospital****.

  • baxter reid
    November 04, 2012 - 12:50

    I see Quebec has it's greddy fingers into Lab West. A Quebec contractor was the owner and I ahve no pity for their loss !

    • dave pickford
      November 04, 2012 - 13:50

      WTG Baxter ! I hear the Iron Ore Company of Canada was having the building built - why didn't they pick a Nfld. contractor ? Apprently there wa no fire watch on the building !!!

    • Véronique
      November 04, 2012 - 14:13

      It's actually partially lab-West's loss also, for the numerous families and people who were going to live there, Don't you think that it was the people of Labrador that accepted the quebec contractors offer for the building ?? Also ... it's greedy and not greddy.

  • SheldonTwo
    November 04, 2012 - 08:18

    Damaged by "far"?? Someone needs to fix the heading to this news story