© Guardian file photo by Brian McInnis
A Charlottetown firefighters carries gear back to the trucks after battling a fire in the former Sherwood Greens building on Malpeque Road early Saturday morning.
The provincial coroner and Charlottetown Police Services forensics unit are at the scene of a fire at the former Sherwood Greens on Malpeque Road in Charlottetown. The fire is now extinguished.
With the presence of the coroner and police forensics unit it appears a fatality is a possibility, but both Gary McGuigan, deputy chief of operations for police and Fire Chief Randy MacDonald refused to confirm or deny that during interviews at the scene.
A person at the scene said young people were inside the boarded up building when the fire started and he understood at least one was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with smoke inhalation.
The fire was called in approximately 5:30 Saturday morning and the building was destroyed. Firefighters began leaving the scene five hours after they arrived. Police have surrounding streets blocked to traffic and it is not known when they will reopen.
The unused parking lot in front of the building had not been cleared of snow so a payloader had to be used to clear the way so firefighters could get their gear close to the building to fight the fire.
The building had been used by a car rental company years ago and was on land slated to be part of major housing development. Preliminary work began last fall that will see the area transformed into a series of apartment buildings, townhouses and semi-detached units.