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December 12, 2006
Three-alarm fire fatality reinforces importance of residential sprinklers
  
At 7:04 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, Toronto Fire Services was called to a three-storey townhouse at 105 Humber Blvd. to respond to reports of flames and smoke.

Upon arrival, Toronto firefighters were informed that a youth was trapped on the third floor. Fire crews quickly attacked the fire with hose lines and performed search and rescue operations. While battling the blaze, one firefighter suffered stream burns to his legs and another firefighter suffered steam burns to his hands.

Firefighters found a 15-year-old girl with vital signs absent on the floor in a rear bedroom and carried her down to Toronto Emergency Medical Services.

The response reached a third-alarm level and involved 21 fire units and 60 firefighters.

The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating. Loss as a result of the fire is estimated at $200,000.

Toronto Fire Services encourages residents to install fire sprinklers in their homes. “Home sprinklers significantly inhibit a fire from spreading,” said Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart. “Residential sprinklers, together with smoke alarms, will greatly enhance fire protection.”

For more information about home fire sprinklers, visit http://www.casa-firesprinkler.org.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Captain Mike Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, TFS Media Line, 416-338-0044


 

 

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