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July 22, 2008
City committed to provide housing, sets up fund for residents affected by Secord Avenue fire
The fire at 2 Secord Ave. has resulted in extensive damage to the apartment building’s electrical room and parking garage. The building itself is structurally safe. However, it is estimated that it will be weeks before the damage to the electrical room can be repaired, and electricity to the building restored so residents can move back in.

The City is committed to providing interim accommodations to the affected residents for as long as required. A temporary shelter has been set up at Secord Public School (101 Barrington Ave.) and hotel rooms have been provided for affected families. Seven people stayed at the temporary shelter with their pets last night, and 85 families were accommodated in hotels. Everyone who requested a hotel room was provided with one. Staff from the City’s Shelter, Support and Housing Division are on-site to help residents discuss housing options.

The City has set up a bank account to accept donations to assist the residents who have been displaced by the fire. Cheques should be made out to the City of Toronto, 2 Secord Ave. Fire and mailed to the Toronto Office of Partnerships, Metro Hall, First Floor, 55 John St., Toronto ON M5V 3C6. The donation is tax deductible. Donors are asked to include their names and addresses in order to receive tax receipts.

“People are concerned about their neighbours, and are really stepping up to help,” said local Councillor Janet Davis, Ward 31 Beaches-East York. “The City will continue to provide every possible support to the affected residents.”

Toronto Public Health is conducting tests to determine if it is safe for residents to re-enter their apartments to retrieve essential items. Every effort is being made to facilitate access and ensure safety. 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.

Crisis counselling and information about eligibility for Ontario Works emergency funding to cover basic immediate costs is also available at the school.

The Canadian Red Cross and Salvation Army are also on-site at the City’s request to help provide support to residents, including basic toiletries and clothing. The City is also providing TTC tokens to affected residents to cover immediate transportation needs.

Residents who have pets that are still in the building are requested to speak to the Red Cross on-site, and Toronto Fire Services will work to retrieve the pets. Food and water for affected pets is available at Secord Pubic School.

Residents of the apartment building and neighbouring townhouses who have not yet registered at Secord Public School are encouraged to do so. The school is the central location where affected residents can get information and the support they need, and will remain open as long as needed.

For more information, including updates, 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

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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