UPDATE: Investigation Into Pembroke Apartment Building Fire

NoikFire2

A fire at an apartment building in east end Pembroke early Wednesday morning displaced about a dozen people.

The call came in just after 3:30 a.m. from a building on Noik Drive, just off Bell Street, near Fellowes High School.

Smoke was pouring out of the lower level of the building when crews arrived, but some tenants were still inside.

Pembroke Fire Chief Dan Herback says because many air conditioners were running in bedrooms at the time, it appears some tenants didn't hear the fire alarms.  

"Some weren't even aware that the fire alarm went off", Herback told Pure Country 96.7's Tony Grace.

"So our firefighters, entered the building, made everyone aware, and helped some of those people get out of the building", Herback said.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze before sunrise.

Chief Herback says the fire appears to have started in one of the apartments on the lower level.

"We contained it to that basement apartment, and it was in a living space of that apartment.  That would be a living room, or a rec room", he said.

"We don't see it having started in a bedroom or a kitchen".

They still can't say how it started.

The fire department and the OPP are both involved in the investigation, and Herback says it's not clear yet whether the fire will be deemed suspicious.

"We've just completed our initial investigation, and we'll combine that with some interviewing that's being done by police, and others, to see whether there was any suspicion to this fire, or anything to that effect", Cheif Herback said.

Herback says the building has now been turned back over to the landlord, but it's not known when tenants will be allowed back inside.