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.

He probably would have been in by Christmas because the wiring was all done, the plumbing was all done. All he had to do now was finish the insulation and then go right to drywall, Sherlock said.

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 were getting reports from our dispatch that the flames were 40 feet high. Upon my arrival we were closer to 60 feet high, District Chief Chris Rowland told CP24 at the scene.

Fire destroys house under construction, prompts evacuation of 2 homes

The renovation contractor claims someone started another fire in the same home last week on the stairs but it was small and didn’t do much damage. Police confirm they were called for the reported arson in the basement on Oct. 25.

No injuries were reported after a home under construction went up in flames in Etobicoke overnight, just a week after another suspicious fire shouldered out at the home.

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

We locked it all up. We made sure all the windows and doors were fully in the building and put in an alarm system and a camera system in the building, he said.

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A firefighter aims his hose at the flames of a fire at a home that had been under construction on Beta Street in Etobicoke Wednesday October 31, 2018.

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Sherlock said the home, constructed in the 1950s had undergone nearly a full rebuild, including the addition of an extra storey.  

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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.

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.

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

Flames were shooting through the roof of the house under construction when firefighters arrived on the scene and the house was engulfed in flames. Crews were called to the fire at about 3:20 a.m.

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

The renovation contractor claims someone started another fire in the same home last week on the stairs but it was small and didn’t do much damage. Police confirm they were called for the reported arson in the basement on Oct. 25.

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

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

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.

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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