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March 27, 2012
Fatal Toronto fire at 162 Chelmsford Avenue
At 3:48 a.m. today, Toronto firefighters responded to a report of smoke in a house at 162 Chelmsford Ave., in the Steeles Avenue West and Bathurst Street area.

When fire crews arrived, they found a fire in the basement of the residential semi-detached home. Upon a search of the premises, an adult male was found and removed. It was determined he was vital signs absent (VSA). Firefighters and paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man, who was then taken to Humber River Regional Hospital on Finch Avenue for advanced life support. The man, age 39, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The parents of the man lived upstairs and were able to escape prior to the arrival of fire crews. The woman received minor injuries while exiting the building.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Office of the Fire Marshal, Ontario.

Preliminary damage to the residence is estimated at $150,000.

No working smoke alarms were found in the residence.

Toronto Fire Services reminds the public to ensure that they have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. The Ontario Fire Code requires every home to have a working smoke alarm. For more information, visit

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