No working smoke detectors in house that caught fire: fire inspector

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A house fire in Charlottetown Wednesday morning sent one person to hospital and tied up traffic in the area after 6:30 a.m.

Charlottetown fire inspector Winston Bryan is asking residents to make sure their smoke alarms work following a fire on University Avenue on Wednesday morning.

One person was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation following a fire at 356 University Avenue, located between Eden and Pond streets.

The 911 call came into the fire department at 6:33 a.m.

"This could have been a very serious fire,'' Bryan said. "The smoke alarms were there but they weren't working. It could have been much worse than what it was.''

The fire closed the main entry in and out of the city for a short while.

Fire Chief Randy MacDonald said the department responded to the call with four trucks, remaining on scene for 75 minutes.

"The room of origin sustained heavy fire loss and heavy smoke damage to the rest of the unit,'' MacDonald said.

Traffic, which was diverted from the area, is now back to normal on the avenue.

MacDonald said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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