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May 9, 2005
Toronto Fire responds to four alarm apartment fire
Yesterday morning at 3:22 a.m. Toronto Fire rushed to the scene where smoke was
reported to be coming from the roof of a three-storey building on the north
side of Queen St. E., east of Woodbine Ave.

Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of a
commercial building with two-storeys of residential apartments above. They
called for a second alarm and within minutes a third alarm was initiated as the
fire was found to be involving a second building to the west. A forth alarm was
called and over 30 trucks and 80 firefighters fought the fire.

Toronto Fire crews worked effectively to quickly bring the blaze under control.
Damage is estimated at over $1 million. The fire is under investigation by the
Ontario Fire Marshall.

Toronto Fire Division Commander, Brian Kirk said, "Our crews worked quickly and
efficiently to minimize the damage and keep this fire from spreading to the
buildings to the east. The professionalism of the on-scene crews quickly
stabilized a fast moving fire that seems to have started at the rear of the
first floor."

Media contact:

Captain Don Marsden
Toronto Fire Services
Information Officer
416-338-9316 (office)
416-667-4121 (pager)



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