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March 29, 2011
Smoke alarms help avert tragedy in Toronto house fire
Smoke alarms alerted the occupants of a Toronto home of the need to flee from a recent fire, helping to avert a potential tragedy.

The fire on March 27 occurred when a space heater ignited an upholstered chair at a home on Flerimac Road. A 19-year-old man and three boys escaped the blaze thanks to the early warning provided by a smoke alarm sounding. All four were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure to be treated for minor smoke inhalation. Toronto firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which caused about $100,000 in damage.

Sunday's fire is an example of how smoke alarms provide early warning and critical additional seconds to enable occupants to escape a fire. Having a working smoke alarm on every level of a home and outside all sleeping areas has been mandatory for Ontario homes for the past five years.

More information about smoke alarms is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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