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August 10, 2004
Toronto Fire Services has contained blaze in North Etobicoke
The Toronto Fire Services was called to an industrial fire at 7:16 a.m. this
morning at 117 Vulcan St. at the northeast corner of Belfield Road and Highway
27. As firefighters battled the fire, it quickly escalated to a four-alarm
blaze requiring 27 fire trucks and 110 firefighters. While the fire has been
contained, firefighters are still working to keep it under control.

There were no injuries and no people inside the building at the time the fire
broke out. Toronto Police Services and Toronto Fire Services have evacuated
people in the surrounding area due to high smoke volume. People are advised to
avoid travel in the area as Vulcan St. is closed from Martin Grove Rd. to City
View Dr.

The Ontario Fire Marshal's office has been called in to investigate the cause
of the fire.

The building stored furniture, two tractor-trailer loads of plywood and
cardboard boxes containing computer parts. Deputy Fire Chief Pat McCabe
estimates this to be a $1 million loss.

"Toronto firefighters have demonstrated outstanding dedication and teamwork
while containing this substantial fire, particularly given the extra physical
demands that today's heat and humidity placed on them," said McCabe. "Toronto
Fire Services is sincerely grateful for the important support provided by
Toronto Police, Emergency Medical Services, Works and Emergency Services,
Ministry of the Environment, Toronto Hydro, Enbridge Gas, and civilian
volunteer service groups, Box 12 and Support 7."

Media contact:
Acting District Chief Mike Strapko, Toronto Fire Services,
416-338-9319, pager: 416-334-5223



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