South Etobicoke home gutted by second fire in a week

South Etobicoke home gutted by second fire in a week
Fire destroys home under renovation in Etobicoke
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 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.

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.

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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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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Global News has obtained a witness video of a two-alarm fire at a home under renovation in Etobicoke on Wednesday. Video credit: Michael Sannuto

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire that destroyed a home under renovation in Etobicoke overnight.

Fire crews responded to a call around 3 a.m. Wednesday at 226 Beta St. near Evans Avenue and Brown’s Line.

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.

“Because of the intense heat, our crews went immediately into a defensive protective exposure attack,” District Chief Chris Rowland said.

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.

“Looking after both homes on the side until we got enough manpower on-site to actually attack the fire.”

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.

Rowland said crews managed to extinguish the fire from the outside. The adjacent homes were evacuated as a precaution and no injuries were reported.

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

Fire officials said they did remove an elderly woman from a home near the fire, but she didn’t sustain any injuries.

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.

A man, who said lived behind the home and helped the owner with the renovations, told Global News the residence was under construction for the past three months.

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.

“I feel so sorry for the owner because he’s put such an amount of work and money into this build. It’s a really nice family,” Robert Sherlock said.

“They were building their own family home. This was not a home they were building to sell. It was something he was investing in.”

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Sherlock claims the home, which was almost complete and was about to start drywalling, was the target of a minor fire last week.

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

We went through the effort of securing the building up much more securely, but obviously they must have broken in, to get in, and set the house on fire,” he said.

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.

Both fires are considered as suspicious. Sherlock said he has spoken to the owner and the family plans to rebuild.

“Obviously he was devastated by it. So he came over right away and he was in my home and it was very, very distressing for him and his family,” he said.

“I spoke with the owner and he says he’s going to do whatever it takes to make it his family home. Nobody is going to burn him out of his home.”

2 Alarm residential fire on Beta Street north of Valermo Dr. House under construction. High flames through roof. Each home on either side evacuated. Roof & south wall collapsing. Most of the fire is knocked down. pic.twitter.com/37bOUv8IRS