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March 22, 2004
Third Alarm Fire uncovers grow lab
At sixteen minutes after midnight Sunday, March 21, Toronto Fire Fighters were
called to a fire on a 14th floor balcony at 105 West Lodge Ave.

High winds pushed the fire down through five balconies below.

This quickly escalated to a third-alarm fire requiring 17 fire trucks and 68
fire fighters.

The TTC filled two buses with tenants that were evacuated.

All fires were contained outside and were extinguished by 1:17 a.m.

The inside of the apartment building suffered some smoke damage and dollar loss
is estimated at $25,000. The cause of the fire is unknown.

While fire fighters went door to door investigating for fire extension, they
found a marijuana grow lab in two apartments that had been made into one by
knocking a passageway through the wall that had previously separated the two

Thus, Toronto Police were requested to investigate the grow house.

Platoon Chief Vic Cork urges people who live in apartment buildings, "Not to
discard cigarettes off balconies and do not store combustible materials on your
balcony either."

Media contact:
Captain Mike Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9319



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