One person dead after five-alarm fire at north Toronto apartment building – The Globe and Mail

One person dead after five-alarm fire at north Toronto apartment building - The Globe and Mail
1 person found dead in 5-alarm fire at North York high rise
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One person is dead after fire erupted in a highrise apartment building in north Toronto on Friday afternoon and quickly spread to several floors.

"Some of the local residents are upset just at the fact that theyre out of their homes, and theyd like to get back in their home," the mayor said. "So that Ive explained to them that obviously theyll be allowed back in their homes as soon as the chief and others decide that its safe."

About 100 firefighters and 22 trucks raced to the scene of the five-alarm blaze as flames and smoke belched from the building.

"Thats the reason why weve accelerated to a fourth, and now fifth alarm is that the number of resources we require on scene to safely and effectively deal with a fire of this magnitude in a building this big when all of the elevator systems are out."

Some terrified tenants went out on their balconies where witnesses say they could be heard screaming for help.

"Our crews have successfully located, rescued and removed a number of patients. They are now in the care of Toronto Paramedic Services," he said.

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said Saturday morning that firefighters discovered the deceased person on an eighth floor balcony.

Mayor John Tory, who met with the residents, said he is satisfied by the remarkable work of the first responders to ensure all residents were safe.

He said several people were rescued, and that at least one was taken to hospital where they were listed in stable condition.

Firefighters have to climb floors physically because the elevators stopped working, Pegg said. Crews were fighting the blaze from the inside.

Chief Pegg said that the buildings electricity was being disconnected and all the tenants evacuated for safety reasons.

Pegg said six people were transferred to paramedics. One person was transported to a hospital in serious condition, Toronto paramedics said.

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"We have a total of six patients that crews have rescued and removed to the outside, transferred to the care of Toronto paramedics," Pegg told reporters at the scene. "Five of those patients have been assessed on scene and do not require transport to the hospital."

Video: RAW: Five-alarm fire erupts at North York building

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Ive explained that they will be allowed back in their homes as soon as the chief and everyone decides its safe, he said. I know that even when I talk to them that comes as a mild comfort to them because they are upset about not being able to get back into their home.

One person has been found dead on a balcony after a five-alarm blaze swept through three floors of a North York apartment building.

Chester Yim told CTV News Toronto that he had just pulled into the underground parking lot when he heard the fire alarm. He said he thought it was a false alarm until his wife called him from their 12th floor apartment unit to say there was smoke in their apartment.

Video: RAW: Gosford Boulevard five-alarm fire update

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said Saturday morning the deceased person was found on an eighth floor balcony during an investigation operations.

The fire is under control and investigation/damage assessments will be underway. An emergency shelter is being set up at the Driftwood Community Centre at 4401 Jane Street for any displaced residents. @Toronto_Fire @TorontoOEM

Deputy Chief Tony Bavota said they were not aware that anyone was unaccounted for until they found the body during a secondary search.

Toronto police say they are running a parallel investigation with Toronto Fire and the Fire Marshall’s Office and the death is being treated as suspicious.

(Crews) are exhausted. They are having to manually move up and down the 15 flights, they are soaking wet and of course its really cold tonight. These are difficult circumstances for the crews tonight.

The blaze is officially out but just after midnight the Electrical Safety Authority determined power to the entire building would have to be cut and all the residents were evacuated for the night.

Bavota said they are still completing an assessment of the building to determine when residents will be able to return.

Fire crews were called to the apartment complex on Gosford Boulevard near Jane Street and Steeles Avenue West at around 5:30 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames could be seen billowing out from several units on the 7th, 8th and 9th floors of the 15 storey building.

“The Electrical Safety Authority has determined that the power to the entire building must immediately be disconnected for safety reasons. The building must be evacuated,” Toronto Fire Services Chief Matthew Pegg wrote in a post on Twitter early Saturday.

“I heard some screaming, I smelled some smoke and I looked out my balcony and two floors above me there was fire just billowing out from the balcony,” said resident Felix Gomez, who sought shelter with his dogs in his car while firefighters fought the blaze.

“I’m a little shook up but I’m not complaining because, like I said, I just feel bad for the families who probably lost everything in their apartment and they have nowhere to stay tonight. I’m lucky enough that I don’t think my unit got any damage.”

Emergency crews were called to the 15-storey apartment building on Gosford Boulevard, west of Jane Street and south of Steeles Avenue West, just before 5:30 p.m. on Friday after a fire spread to several units across multiple floors.

Fire crews say six people had to be rescued from the building and one of them was transported to hospital in serious but stable condition.

Emergency crews were first called to the scene at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday night. The fire, brought under control by about 8 p.m., was deemed officially out at about 3:10 a.m. on Saturday, according to Capt. David Eckerman, spokesperson for Toronto Fire Services.

Four hours after firefighters arrived, the inferno was declared under control. At the height of the blaze up to 22 fire trucks and 100 firefighters were on the scene.

Jeremy Cohn/CBCMoreDozens of firefighters, police officers, paramedics and TTC officials were on hand to help tenants leave the building after midnight. Crews went floor by floor to move people out and the evacuation process took a few hours.

“We have crews inside the building, moving floor-to-floor and suite-to-suite doing checks on anyone still inside the building making sure that we identify anyone that may need assistance, said Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg.

The Office of Emergency Management was called in to help with a number of residents left displaced by the blaze and the Driftwood Community Centre opened its doors to provide temporary shelter for some of those forced out of their homes.

Firefighters found a dead body on an eighth floor balcony early Saturday when they searched the building at 235 Gosford Boulevard, near Jane Street and Steeles Avenue West, during the five-alarm fire.

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