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November 16, 2005
High-rise fire evacuation in east end
  
This morning, Toronto firefighters at Fire Station 234 saw smoke and flames
coming from a 20-storey high-rise building at 4301 Kingston Rd. just as Toronto
Fire Services was notified at 7:54 a.m.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the main body of fire by 8:11 a.m. An
occupant and her dog escaped the apartment fire, but two cats died.

Strong winds influenced significant smoke migration in hallways, stairwells and
some apartments. People were on balconies due to smoke in their apartments.

The response escalated to a third alarm, with 15 fire trucks and 60
firefighters on site to expedite search and rescue operations to evacuate the
building while ventilating heavy smoke. The fire loss is estimated to be
$75,000.

Five people were treated at the scene by Toronto Emergency Medical Services for
smoke inhalation and two were transported to hospital.

Toronto Police shut down Kingston Road, west of Morningside Avenue during the
emergency.

"Besides routinely checking your smoke alarms, people should also keep doors
closed to inhibit smoke migration in a fire," said Division Commander Bob
O'Hallarn.

For more information about emergency procedures during a fire in tall
buildings, visit http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention/fireinsky.htm.


Media contact:

Acting District Chief Mike Strapko
Public Information Officer
Toronto Fire Services
416-338-0044 (cell)
416-334-5223 (pager)



 

 

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