Fire destroys home under renovation in Etobicoke

Fire destroys home under renovation in Etobicoke
Etobicoke home under construction gutted by fire
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.

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

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.

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.

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 homes on either side were slightly damaged.

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 home, had been under renovation for some time and the owners were planning on moving in this winter.

Builder Robert Sherlock told CP24 that there was evidence of a suspicious fire at the home just a week ago last Wednesday.

Apparently there was a fire up on the stairways and up through the centre of the building and for some reason it didnt seem to take at that time, Sherlock said.

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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He said the owner went by the home to check on it at around midnight last night, just hours before the blaze broke out.

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

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

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.

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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A home under construction on Beta Street in Etobicoke is pictured just a week before it went up in flames. (Submitted)

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

A home under construction on Beta Street in Etobicoke was destroyed after a two-alarm blaze broke out there Wednesday October 31, 2018.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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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