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July 21, 2008
City and community service providers offer assistance to residents affected by Secord Avenue fire
A fire that occurred yesterday morning at 2 Secord Ave. has resulted in extensive damage to the apartment building’s basement level, electrical room and parking garage. The site is currently under the authority of the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, which is investigating the cause of the fire.

The damage to the electrical room is severe. Officials are investigating to determine when electricity can be restored to the building, but have estimated that it will take a few weeks.

Residents are encouraged to register at Secord Public School (101 Barrington Ave.), which is the location for residents to access information and support provided by the City and community service providers. At the site, City staff from Shelter, Support and Housing; Toronto Public Health; and Social Services are available to help people discuss housing options, obtain crisis counselling and information about social services. Approximately two-thirds of affected residents have already registered.

A temporary shelter has been set up at Secord Public School to provide overnight accommodation for affected residents.

“The City’s immediate priority is to ensure residents of the building are connected with the assistance and services they require,” said Councillor Janet Davis, Ward 31 Beaches-East York. “The City will continue to work with affected residents to assist with accommodation for those who need it.”

The Canadian Red Cross and Salvation Army are on-site at the City’s request to help provide support to residents. Assistance for pets is also available from the Toronto Humane Society.

Officials have determined that further testing of air quality is necessary to ensure it is safe for residents to re-enter their apartments to retrieve essential items. Every effort is being made to facilitate access. Updates will be provided as further information becomes available. The City will contact residents who have registered at the site once it has been determined they can re-enter the building.

Residents who require medication from their apartments or assistance obtaining medication can also speak to staff for help.

Canada Post has arranged for mail pick-up for residents at Station H, located at 2315 Danforth Ave. Residents are asked to bring identification, where possible.

Residents can call the Insurance Bureau of Canada at 416-362-9528 or 1-800-387-2880, and Flemingdon Community Legal Services at 416-441-1764 for further assistance.

The building owner has also set up an information line: 416-429-0969.

Residents can call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or visit the City’s website at to get updated information.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-200-3660 (cell),



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