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April 21, 2005
Fifth alarm fire in city’s entertainment district
This morning, at 2:45 a.m. Toronto Fire crews responded to the report of a fire
at 347 Queen St. West. First arriving crews found flames and smoke showing from
the building. The alarm level was quickly upgraded to a third alarm level.
Subsequently reaching a fifth alarm level.

At the height of the fire, there were five aerial towers set up playing water
onto the building. The structure was a three-storey apartment complex over a
store, which was deserted, and in the preliminary stages of demolition.

Toronto Fire crews did an outstanding job of containing the blaze to the unit
of origin, with only minimal water damage to the adjacent buildings.

The water demands of the fire resulted in Toronto Water boosting the pressure
on that grid, and Toronto Fire setting up relay pumping operations from
adjacent grids.

"Our crews did on outstanding job in dealing with a number of complicating
factors," said Division Commander Andrew Kostiuk. "Overhead wires, demolition
hoarding and water demands tested them, but they responded in an exemplary

Crews were able to quickly bring the fire under control, with all but a first
alarm compliment clearing the scene by 6:45 a.m.

One fire fighter was injured on scene with a minor soft tissue injury, and was
taken to Mt. Sinai hospital for treatment.

Media contact:

David Sheen
Office 416-338-9317
Pager 416-468-9978
Cell 416-578-4316



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