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September 11, 2006
Toronto Fire Services responds to tragic, avoidable accident
Today, Toronto Fire Services responded to a tragic fire, which resulted in an elderly female losing her life.

The fire took place at 100 Cavell Ave., Etobicoke, in a seniors’ residence. When firefighters arrived they located the fire on the third floor of the building. They quickly found the 65-year-old female victim Vital Signs Absent and started CPR on her as they transported her to the lobby, where she was transferred to Toronto EMS.

Firefighters could hear working smoke alarms when they arrived; they used the buildings voice system to notify residents about the fire and what actions to take. The fire was confined to the unit of origin, and the rest of the building remains habitable.

“What the apartment was lacking was residential sprinklers,” said Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart. “Residential sprinklers have been shown to be highly effective in knocking down fires quickly, and may have been effective in avoiding this tragic situation.”

The Ontario Fire Marshall’s office has been called in to investigate.

Media contact:
DC Stephan Powell, Toronto Fire Services, Information Officer, 416-338-0044



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