Fire Deputy Mario L'Italien said on Tuesday afternoon, July 31, that the call came in Tuesday morning shortly after midnight, and all three Edmundston, N.B. brigades responded, along with the Madawaska fire department’s ladder truck. In all, he said about 30 firefighters responded. The fire was at 14 - 16 Ferry Ave., a building containing four apartment units. L'Italien said that some residents had to be retrieved from upper floor balconies, but that all were evacuated safely and no one was injured. The local Red Cross is assisting those affected by the fire, L'Italien said. The 1940s structure, L'Italien said, made it difficult for responders to easily get control of the fire, due to renovations over the years.
L'Italien said that insurance adjusters will make the final determination, but it was his opinion that the structure is a total loss. By 5 a.m. crews had the fire contained. L'Italien said the cause was still under investigation.