(Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services)

A total of 25 families have been displaced following an apartment fire in Wallaceburg on Sunday morning.

Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services officials say $250,000 damage was caused after the blaze at 800 Wallace Street, known as the ‘Three Storeys’ apartments.

“Firefighters from Stations #3 in Wallaceburg and #2 in Chatham responded to 800 Wallace Street just before 9 am yesterday morning,” fire officials said in a press release.

“Station #3 arrived on scene within minutes and discovered a three storey apartment block with a serious fire burning from a top floor apartment and spreading smoke throughout the upper floor.”

Firefighters immediately began to rescue people from both inside the building and those stranded on balconies, fire officials said.

“12 adults and number of young children were rescued within minutes of the crew’s arrival,” fire officials said,

“Crews quickly knocked down the fire and prevented it from spreading to surrounding units. C-K Police and Victim Services assisted 25 families that were displaced. A school bus provided transportation to the Moose Lodge, where social services arranged emergency accommodations for some residences.”

Fire officials say Animal Control was also on scene as a number of pets were rescued from the building.

“The fire is currently under investigation and residents are unable to return to the building at this time.”

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management is currently investigating with assistance from Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services and the Chatham-Kent Police Service.

Here is our coverage up to this point on the fire:

Update: Quick evacuation, no injuries after apartment blaze

Fire at ‘Three Storeys’ apartments in Wallaceburg

– Photo credit: Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services