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January 5, 2017
Families of victims provided update in connection with the fatal 1315 Neilson Road fire
A meeting was held today to update family members and injured persons on the status of the ongoing investigation into the fire at 1315 Neilson Road. Members of the Toronto Fire Services, Toronto Police Service and Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) attended the meeting.

Toronto Police Service continue their investigation into the incident.

OFMEM Fire Investigations Team worked in conjunction with Toronto Police Service and Toronto Fire Services to determine the origin, cause and circumstances of this fire. As part of its investigation, the OFMEM conducted an on-scene examination, conducted interviews, seized materials and videos, and tested materials.

The OFMEM has concluded its investigation. The cause of this fatal fire has been classified as intentional. The investigation revealed that the fire started in combustible chairs located where two hallways intersect on the fifth floor of the 1315 Neilson Road apartment building.

Last year, Toronto Fire Services noted a number of Ontario Fire Code violations during the post fire inspection and charged the owner of the building, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, with the following:
• Permitting combustible materials to accumulate in a means of egress,
• Failing to instruct supervisory staff in the fire emergency procedures in the fire safety plan before they are given any responsibility for fire safety; and,
• Failing to implement the approved fire safety plan in the building.

These charges are currently before the courts.

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Jeff Tebby
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management

Toronto Fire media line



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