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March 4, 2005
Community helping blind fire victim recover loss
  
This past Wednesday, Neena Saloiya, a 31-year-old blind woman, escaped a
high-rise apartment fire, but most of her belongings were destroyed.
Consequently, Councillor Peter Milczyn and Toronto Fire Services are supporting
community efforts to help her recover from her significant loss.

Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Islington Baptist Church, 50 Royalavon Cres.

Scott Marks, President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association,
Local 3888, will present a $500 cheque to boost public awareness about
Saloiya's trust fund.

Please donate to the trust fund. Cheques can be made payable to: Neena Saloiya
- In Trust. Mail or deliver donations to:

Royal Bank of Canada
Dundas & Burnhamthorpe Cres. Branch
4860 Dundas St. W.
Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B5
Account # 5662-509-0493

"It is heartwarming to see our Etobicoke-Lakeshore community and fire fighters
pool their resources to help Neena recover what she lost in a tragic fire,"
said Councillor Peter Milczyn.

The Toronto Fire Services has nominated Ziggy, a guide dog, for a Toronto
Humane Society Award for alerting Saloiya about the fire and safely leading her
down 20 flights of stairs. Ziggy will be recognized at the launch of Be Kind to
Animals Week, May 2, at 11 River St.

The second-alarm fire was on Wednesday, February 23 at 9:02 p.m. at 57 Mabelle
Ave. Eleven fire trucks and 49 fire fighters brought the fire under control.
The kitchen and living room were gutted with heavy smoke damage throughout the
rest of the apartment. The fire also broke through the balcony area. Estimated
loss is $30,000. "Sprinklers would have significantly reduced the loss Neena
suffered," said Fire Chief Bill Stewart. "Toronto Fire Services fully supports
sprinkler systems to enhance a fire safe future."

The Islington Baptist Church is also collecting new furniture and belongings
for Neena. Information about how to donate can be found at: www.toronto.ca/fire/news/ne ena_saloiya.


Media contacts:
Susan Conrad for Councillor Peter Milczyn, Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore,
416-392-4244
Rick Berenz, Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association,
416-986-4130 (cell)
Captain Michael Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, 416-807-7140 (cell),
416-334-5223 (pager)



 

 

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