Hamilton firefighters managed to douse a townhouse fire on Stone Church Road around noon Sunday before it could spread to other units. When crews arrived they reported heavy smoke and fire venting from the rear of a middle unit of a row of town houses. The call was immediately upgraded to a multiple alarm, bringing resources from across the City to assist. The occupants of the fire unit had escaped the unit and working smoke alarms were sounding. Quickly firefighters made entry into the fire unit to initiate interior firefighting operations and perform searches. At the same time an aerial was deployed with firefighters going on to the roof to assist with firefighting operations in the attic space. The fire was quickly brought under control, but not before the second floor and roof area of the townhouse unit was significantly damaged. Firefighters were able to stop the fire before it extended into the adjoining units. Both units on either side did sustain smoke damage. An occupant who had been in the unit at the time of the fire was assessed by Hamilton Paramedics for smoke inhalation but refused treatment. No other injuries have been reported. It has been determined that the fire started on the second floor however the cause has not been determined. Damage is estimated excess of $300,000.00.