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April 28, 2005
Toronto fire fighters help blind woman move back home
Toronto fire fighters are helping, Neena Saloiya, blind since birth, move back
into her apartment that has been renovated after being gutted by a second-alarm
fire on February 23.

Date: Thursday, April 28
Time: Noon
Location: 57 Mabelle Ave. (two lights west of Islington south off Dundas)

The Islington community and University of Toronto rallied with many donations
to refurnish Neena’s apartment since she lost her belongings in the fire.

"This is another example where mandatory residential sprinklers would have
significantly averted a tragic fire loss," said Fire Chief Bill Stewart.

Neena’s guide dog will receive an honourary award from the Toronto Humane
Society’s launch of Be Kind to Animals Week on Monday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at 11
River Street. Ziggy alerted Neena to the fire just before the smoke alarm
activated and then safely led her down 20 flights of stairs. Many Toronto fire
fighters will also be recognized at this awards ceremony for various animal

The Toronto Fire Services has also nominated Neena and Ziggy for an Ontario
Fire Marshal’s Public Safety Award by doing the right things in calling 911 and
taking the stairs instead of an elevator in a high-rise fire.

Fire Chief Bill Stewart requests that Torontonians review kitchen fire safety
practices and high-rise fire emergency procedures.

Please review kitchen fire safety at: www.toronto.c a/fire/prevention/too_hot_to_handle.htm

Also, review high-rise emergency procedures at: revention/fireinsky.htm

Media contacts:

Rick Berenz
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association
416-986-4130 (cell)

Captain Karen Reid
Toronto Fire Services
416-522-3784 (cell)
416-334-5590 (pager)



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