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September 17, 2004
Toronto Fire Responds to Three Alarm Blaze in Extendicare Facility
This afternoon, at 3:41 p.m. Toronto Fire Services responded to the report of a
roof fire in the City's east-end, at the Rouge Valley Extendicare Facility.

Upon arrival, crews found smoke and flames visible from the roof level of the
facility. Upon entry, crews were met with some smoke on the various floors of
this three-storey facility.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that the testing of an emergency
generator caused the insulation in the chimney to catch fire. The alarm level
was quickly upgraded to a third alarm in order to effect the evacuation of
elderly occupants as a precautionary measure.

During the evacuation, one resident began to feel ill due to an unrelated blood
sugar condition, and was transported to hospital.

East Command Platoon Chief Lorne Buckingham stated "The staff of the
Extendicare Facility, in co-ordination with fire crews did a fantastic job in
effecting the evacuation and caring for the patients."

The damage is estimated at $10,000.

Media contact:
Captain David Sheen
Toronto Fire Services
Public Information Officer
Office 416-338-9317
Pager 416-468-9978
Cell 416-578-4316



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