|Quinte West firefighters at the scene of a blaze that destroyed the Sherwood Forest Inn in downtown Trenton, Ont., Monday Nov. 5, 2012. Firefighters responded to the fire at the popular strip club around 9:30 a.m. (TIM MEEKS/QMI AGENCY)
TRENTON, Ont. Two firefighters had to be rescued after they went into search for a woman believed to have been trapped in a burning strip bar in downtown Trenton, Ont., Monday morning.
The three-storey Sherwood Forest Inn collapsed just after 11 a.m. A series of explosions kept firefighters back and sent chunks of the building crashing onto several streets.
Two firefighters who ran into the building to find a woman believed to have been trapped on the third floor were later pulled out by fellow firefighters.
We sent in a rapid intervention team and got the firefighters out of there, fire Chief John Whelan said.
After the firefighters were rescued, officials interviewed residents of the building to try to determine if there really was a woman trapped inside the building.
Police later located the woman in question, safe and sound.
It's not known how many people lived in the building, which had rooms above the club.
A nearby elementary school was evacuated and its hundreds of students were taken to another school for the day.
Downtown Trenton remained blocked off, businesses closed and smoke could be seen from miles in every direction.
The intense heat could be felt nearly 50 metres from the burning wreckage.
The blaze was the third major structure fire in Trenton within the last week. Police are still conducting an arson investigation at the site of a warehouse blaze.
Police have yet to determine the cause of the strip club fire.