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August 25, 2006
Update on fire at 49 Cordella Avenue
Today at 12:44 p.m., Toronto Fire Services responded to a fire call at 49 Cordella Ave., southwest of Black Creek Dr. and Weston Rd. The fire was extinguished at 12:53 p.m.

Toronto Fire Services recognizes the brave rescue by a Toronto Police Officer who was first to arrive on the scene. The officer kicked in the back door and crawled on his hands and knees in thick smoke to rescue a 70-year-old woman who was collapsed inside.

The woman was transported by Toronto Emergency Medical Services to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The Toronto Police Officer was also transported to hospital for smoke inhalation.

The Office of the Fire Marshal is on scene conducting an investigation.

“Smoke alarms save lives,” said Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart. “Even with a decreasing fire death rate in Toronto, we can all do more to protect our loved ones. Installing smoke alarms on every storey of a home and outside all sleeping areas can ensure your family has the precious seconds needed to escape from a fire.”

Toronto Fire Services advocates the promotion of residential sprinklers. “Home sprinklers will help contain a fire, inhibiting rapid spread, until firefighters arrive to put the fire under control,” says Fire Chief Stewart.

Media contact:
Mike Strapko, Acting District Chief, Toronto Fire Services,
TFS Media Line, 416-338-0044



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