Peterborough police deem East City apartment fire non-suspicious

One person was air-lifted to Toronto with serious injuries following early-morning fire on April 30

A member of Peterborough Fire Services takes photos following a fire that occurred around 4:52 a.m. on April 30, 2019 at 72 Hunter Street East in Peterborough's East City. One person is in a Toronto hospital with serious injuries following the fire, which the Ontario Fire Marshal and Peterborough Police Services are investigating. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
A member of Peterborough Fire Services takes photos following a fire that occurred around 4:52 a.m. on April 30, 2019 at 72 Hunter Street East in Peterborough's East City. One person is in a Toronto hospital with serious injuries following the fire, which the Ontario Fire Marshal and Peterborough Police Services are investigating. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)

Peterborough police have determined a fire early on Tuesday morning (April 30) that seriously injured the occupant of an East City apartment is not suspicious in nature.

Emergency services were called at around 4:52 a.m. on Tuesday to respond to a fire in a second-floor apartment above Sparrows Hair Studio at 72 Hunter Street East, adjoining the Peterborough Examiner’s building.

Police, fire services, and EMS attended. Fire crews evacuated all of the occupants of the multi-unit residence, rescuing one person from the unit involved in the fire. The person was treated on scene, taken to a local hospital, and then transported by Ornge air ambulance to a Toronto hospital with serious injuries.

Some of the damage following  a fire that occurred around 4:52 a.m. on April 30, 2019 at a second floor apartment at 72 Hunter Street East in Peterborough's East City. An occupant of the apartment was initially taken to a local hospital, and was then  flown to a Toronto hospital where they remain with serious injuries.  (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
Some of the damage following a fire that occurred around 4:52 a.m. on April 30, 2019 at a second floor apartment at 72 Hunter Street East in Peterborough’s East City. An occupant of the apartment was initially taken to a local hospital, and was then flown to a Toronto hospital where they remain with serious injuries. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)

The fire was quickly brought under control and damages were contained to the second-floor unit where the fire occurred.

Police had closed off a small section of Hunter Street East with police tape and barriers until around 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Initially, police were assisting the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal with an investigation into the fire. Now that police have deemed the fire to be non-suspicious, they are no longer involved with the investigation.

Police and fire services on the scene of a fire at 72 Hunter Street East in Peterborough on April 30, 2019. A portion of Hunter Street West was closed for seven hours following the fire. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
Police and fire services on the scene of a fire at 72 Hunter Street East in Peterborough on April 30, 2019. A portion of Hunter Street West was closed for seven hours following the fire. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)

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