Fire destroys home under renovation in Etobicoke

Fire destroys home under renovation in Etobicoke
Etobicoke home under construction gutted by fire
Emergency crews were called to the house on Beta Street, near Browns Line and Evans Avenue, just before 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Fire officials said flames at least 40-feet high broke through the roof and the south wall, causing the entire second floor to collapse.

Firefighters rescued an elderly woman in one neighbouring home and paramedics sheltered her in an emergency vehicle until relatives were able to pick her up, according to Steve Henderson, spokesperson for Toronto Paramedic Services.

Fire destroys house under construction, prompts evacuation of 2 homes

The houses on either side were evacuated as a precaution. The intense heat caused damage to the neighbouring homes but not enough to cause structural issues.

The residential fire on Beta Street, near Evans Avenue and Brown's Line, prompted Toronto firefighters to evacuate homes on either side as a precaution. Flames could be seen from kilometres away.

The renovation contractor said there was a fire at the home last week. He claims someone started a fire on the stairs but it was small and didn’t do much damage.

The homeowner said he reported the previous fire and installed cameras at the home as a result. He added that he had put at least $500,000 in renovations into the home over the last three months.

"The roof, walls collapsed, the floor is unsafe. Fire investigators will be on scene later this morning to start their investigation," he told CBC Toronto.

A better look at the damage from house fire on Beta St in Etobicoke. A classic car in driveway of a neighbouring home also damaged. Police confirm they were called for a reported arson in the basement of this same home on Oct 25. TO Fire took over investigation. @CityNews pic.twitter.com/6lvnGTTlnV

Capt. Michael Westwood, spokesperson for Toronto Fire Services, said the fire gutted most of the structure. An estimate of the damage was not available.

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The cause and where the fire originated are currently being investigated, but fire officials have not deemed the blaze to be suspicious, he said.

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An early morning fire has destroyed a house under construction in south Etobicoke on Wednesday, but no one was injured in the blaze.

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Westwood said the fire was brought under control by 5:30 a.m. Twelve fire trucks and 45 firefighters responded to the call.

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Emergency crews were called to the house on Beta Street, near Browns Line and Evans Avenue, just before 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Fire officials said flames at least 40-feet high broke through the roof and the south wall, causing the entire second floor to collapse.

The houses on either side were evacuated as a precaution. The intense heat caused damage to the neighbouring homes but not enough to cause structural issues.

We just had to fight a real hot, hot fire. The heat was so intense that most of the steel beams are all bent, he said.

The renovation contractor said there was a fire at the home last week. He claims someone started a fire on the stairs but it was small and didn’t do much damage.

Fire crews responded to 226 Beta Street, in the area of Evans Avenue and Browns Line, at around 3:20 a.m.

The homeowner said he reported the previous fire and installed cameras at the home as a result. He added that he had put at least $500,000 in renovations into the home over the last three months.

A better look at the damage from house fire on Beta St in Etobicoke. A classic car in driveway of a neighbouring home also damaged. Police confirm they were called for a reported arson in the basement of this same home on Oct 25. TO Fire took over investigation. @CityNews pic.twitter.com/6lvnGTTlnV

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I wouldn’t be surprised if it were arson. It looks like this was a monster house filling every square foot of the lot and way out of scale with the rest of the neighbourhood.

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