Fire causes seniors’ residence in Walkerton to be evacuated

In a media release Bruce County said, that at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12th (2022), a fire was reported at 401 Cayley Street residential seniors’ apartment operated by Bruce County Housing Corporation in Walkerton.

On arrival, local firefighters identified a fire on the second floor of the building. Firefighters from Walkerton, Mildmay and Elmwood responded to the fire.  Several tenants trapped by smoke were rescued and the fire was contained to a common area of the second floor. A full evacuation took place of all 44 units in the building and crews remained on scene until approximately 4:00 a.m.

There have been no reported injuries and tenants who do not have alternative accommodation have been sheltered at a local hotel.

The building remains in the possession of local fire departments and the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office will be attending to complete an investigation. Residents are asked to avoid attending the location at this time.

Tenants, family members, and supports can contact 1-800-265-3022 to inquire about further information.

Bruce County County Housing thanks the OPP, the Municipality of Brockton, the volunteer fire departments for their rescue efforts and Sacred Heart Parish for providing a temporary relief from the cold for those on the scene.

Staff from Bruce County’s Facilities and Housing Services team will work on building remediation and serving tenants immediate needs.