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September 21, 2006
Five-alarm fire on Dupont Street
At 12:42 this morning, Toronto Fire Services were called to Dupont St. and Westmorland Ave. after receiving reports about flames and smoke in the area.

Toronto fire crews entered a boarded-up wood structure and began fighting the fire in the basement until fire broke out on the first floor. Due to escalating dangers, firefighters were forced out of the basement, and eventually the building, as the fire continued to spread to the second floor and through the roof.

The response reached a five-alarm level involving 26 fire trucks and 125 firefighters. While battling the blaze, firefighters also evacuated approximately 20 homes in the area as a precaution. No injuries were reported.

Small explosions were heard inside the burning building. Firefighters removed 21 propane cylinders that belonged to a roofing company. The roof, floors and most walls collapsed, trapping spot fires throughout the rubble.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to neighbouring properties and had the fire under control by about 5:15 a.m.

The Office of the Fire Marshal is on scene conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the blaze. Loss is estimated at $750,000.

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

Fore more information about home fire sprinklers, visit

Media contact:

Captain Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services
TFS Media Line



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