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October 4, 2012
Toronto Fire Services battles stubborn blaze on George Street
Toronto Fire Services responded at 4:20 a.m. today to a visible roof fire at 301A George St. in downtown Toronto. The initial assessment of the fire escalated the response to a third alarm within 10 minutes of fire crews' arrival, and minutes later a fourth alarm was called.

This vacant row house was ablaze from the second floor joists up through the third floor and into the roof. Fire crews were forced to withdraw to a defensive exterior attack due to the weakened upper floors.

Initial search and rescue efforts found no people on the first floor. Two cats were rescued. Aerial towers were set up by 7:06 a.m. and the fire was under control at 8:20 a.m.

The Ontario Fire Marshal has been notified of this fire.

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