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April 5, 2009
56 Maitland Street - City of Toronto responds to fire
The City of Toronto has responded to a fire at 56 Maitland Street (between Church and Yonge Street, one block south of Wellesley Street)

The building had approximately 60 residents.

Residents of the building requiring temporary emergency shelter are currently being provided shelter at Metro Hall (55 John Street).

Residents of the building will not be able to re-enter the building today and no time frame has been set for residents to re-enter the building.

It will be a number of weeks before residents can move back into the building.

When re-entry becomes possible a public announcement will be made.

To ensure residents are kept up-to-date, residents are asked to register with the City of Toronto reception centre. Residents may call 416-676-1506 to register with the City. The reception centre is located 55 John Street (Metro Hall) The reception centre will be open today until 8 p.m. Residents of the building may also call the City of Toronto Shelter Support and Housing Service at 416-676-1506 for information or assistance. If critical items from the building are required by residents they are asked to call for assistance. Beginning later today, residents may also check the City's website ( for updates.

At present, approximately 12 residents will require temporary emergency shelter.

There was one fatality. An investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal has begun.

Any new information will be communicated to the media through a news release.

The media may not enter the reception centre at 55 John Street.

Media contact:
Patricia Trott, City of Toronto, Strategic Communications, 416-919-6503



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