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January 4, 2005
Toronto Fire Services responds to tragic, avoidable incident
  
This morning, just after midnight (12:07 a.m.), Toronto Fire Services responded
to a tragic kitchen fire, which resulted in two occupants of the home being
pronounced dead.

When Toronto Fire arrived on scene on Hildenboro Square, they were met with a
kitchen fire, which the son of the deceased occupants was attempting to fight
with a garden hose. The parents were trapped in their second floor bedroom, and
when crews pulled them out, they were found to have no vital signs. Attempts by
crews at resuscitation were unsuccessful, and the victims were later pronounced
dead at the hospital.

"This was a senseless tragedy that could have been avoided," said Fire Chief
Bill Stewart. "The crews could find no smoke alarms in the home. In this case,
smoke alarms could most certainly have made the difference between life and
death. Taking the thought of avoiding tragedy one step further, a residential
sprinkler system would have most certainly averted this tragic outcome."

The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Toronto Fire Services would like to remind everyone that working smoke alarms
are not only a very inexpensive life saving device, but they are required in
every home according to the Ontario Fire Code.

The addition of a residential sprinkler system to any home, coupled with smoke
alarms, is certainly your best line of defence in averting any tragedies.

For more fire safety tips, please visit the Toronto Fire Services Web site at:
www.toronto.ca/fire/preve ntion/index.htm

Media contact:
Captain David Sheen, Toronto Fire Services, Information Officer,
416-338-9317 (office), 416-578-4316 (cell), 416-468-9978 (pager)



 

 

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