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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 http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention/smoke_alarms.htm

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.

Media contact:
Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763






 

 

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