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September 25, 2010
City of Toronto responds to fire at 200 Wellesley Street East
The City of Toronto and its agencies have responded to a six-alarm fire Friday, and continue to address building issues and provide supports to the 1,200 residents who evacuated the building.

Currently the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has control of the site for its investigation.

Structural engineers are on site to check on the building’s integrity and essential building mechanical systems.

200 Wellesley is a Toronto Community Housing building. Toronto Community Housing and the City of Toronto are working on a plan to provide overnight shelter for those in need tonight.

More than 120 firefighters and 27 fire trucks responded to the fire last night. Toronto EMS transported 14 people to hospital. Toronto Emergency Human Services is coordinating the provision of services to residents.

The City of Toronto has opened three reception centres for building residents. The sites are: Wellesley Community Centre - 495 Sherbourne St., 255 McCaul St. (University of Toronto) and Castleview/Wychwood at 351 Christie St..

The supports provided to residents include:
• Crisis counselling
• Help to acquire necessary medications
• Animal retrieval and housing until they can be re-united with their owners
• Social service supports
• Comfort services including meals, quiet/sleeping rooms.

Building residents who are not on site but have questions/or requests to make for such matters as pet searches can call the Toronto Community Housing tenant hotline at 416-981-5520.

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