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June 8, 2005
Toronto Fire responds to residential fire
This morning at 1:02 a.m. Toronto Fire rushed to the scene of a fire at the
rear of 147 Niagara St, in the Bathurst and Front Sts. area.

Crews were nearby, having just cleared from another call, so were quickly on
scene. Upon arrival, crews reported flames visible from the rear of a residence
with heavy smoke emanating from the building. They immediately called for a
second alarm and advanced 65 mm lines to the rear of the structure. The fire
was found to be spreading to a second address, and within a minute of the
second alarm request, a third alarm was initiated. In total, over 23 trucks and
80 fire fighters fought the fire.

Working smoke detectors alerted the residents, and enabled them to safely get
out of the building and to initiate the 911 system.

Toronto Fire crews worked effectively to bring the blaze under control. There
were no injuries. Damage is estimated at over $400,000. The fire is under
investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshall.

"This is another example where mandatory residential sprinklers would have
significantly hindered the fire from spreading throughout the living area,"
said Fire Chief Bill Stewart.

Toronto Fire Division Commander, Daryl Fuglerud said, "Our crews worked quickly
and efficiently to minimize the damage and keep this fire from spreading. The
professionalism of the on-scene crews quickly stabilized a fast moving fire
that seems to have started at the rear of one of the addresses."

For more information on how smoke alarms can make a difference, visit e/prevention/smoke_alarms.htm

For further information please contact:

Captain David Sheen
Toronto Fire Services
Information Officer
416-338-9317 (office)
416-464-8853 (pager)
416-578-4316 (cell)



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