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RSS FeedsFive-alarm blaze rips through highrise in North York
(The Star Toronto Raptors)


16 november 2019 04:50:02

Five-alarm blaze rips through highrise in North York
(The Star Toronto Raptors)

A five-alarm fire ravaged a highrise near Jane Street and Steeles Avenue West in North York on Friday evening, injuring one and forcing hundreds out of the building. Flames and smoke seeped out of the 15-storey building, at 235 Gosford Blvd. and home to around 700 residents, for hours on Friday as roughly 100 firefighters took turns attempting to tame the blaze. Nearly two dozen fire trucks were at the scene. Chester Yim pulled into the parking garage of the apartment building at 5:27 p.m., and messaged the family group chat to let them know he was almost home.A fire alarm started going off but he didn’t think much of it, probably kids.Three minutes later he was sprinting up 12 flights of stairs to the apartment where his wife and two kids, aged 8 and 11, had been told to wait on the balcony while smoke poured into the unit. Yim, 31, had stopped by his parents unit on the second floor before going up to his family’s apartment. He was there when he got a call from his wife in a state of panic. “She said she had called 911 and they told her to remain in the unit,” he said. She told him they were on the balcony. He ran down to the lobby, saw two fire trucks, firefighters and dozens of terrified people. Then he saw flames coming from the building. He heard that the fire might have started on the 7th or 8th floor. “I just saw the flames. There was no time to mess around,” he said. He didn’t think, he just knew he couldn’t leave his family stranded on a balcony. “I had the ability. I just went up to get them,” he said. He ran up the stairs through smoke that got thicker and thicker. He got into the unit and grabbed his family, half dragging his wailing eight-year-old daughter back down the stairs. They got to his parents apartment safely though in a state of shock, he said in an interview from the second floor balcony at around 8:45 p.m.“We are all here safe,” he said. “They’re OK now. ...

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