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17 november 2019 05:10:39

North York residents face uncertain future after highrise blaze leaves one dead, hundreds displaced
(The Star Theatre)

The 911 calls came quickly as firefighters worked their way through flames and heavy smoke to rescue tenants and stop a blaze at a North York highrise. At first, there was official relief that everyone had been accounted for and that no one had been seriously hurt. But as preliminary investigations began early Saturday, a person was discovered dead on an eighth-floor balcony.“That’s tragic. It’s unfortunate. It breaks my heart, said Toronto fire Chief Matthew Pegg. “But like I said last night, to the very best of my knowledge and the knowledge of all of us on the ground, we didn’t believe that to be the circumstance.”Standing in front of 235 Gosford Blvd., a 16-storey apartment building near Jane Street and Steeles Avenue West, Pegg explained that live updates come with the understanding that information can change. At no time Friday did fire crews have any indication that someone was missing, he said. He expressed his condolences to “all of those affected by the tragic loss.”In the aftermath of the fire, hundreds of residents have been displaced. York University has stepped in to offer emergency shelter as of Sunday, but officials are not sure when residents will be allowed to return to their homes, leaving many families in a state of uncertainty.Pegg said Friday’s blaze was a demanding and complex situation for the 100 firefighters involved. The search for occupants began immediately and “never stopped,” he said, as an “extraordinary” number of 911 calls were filtered down to the command post and crews moved door to door. Six residents were rescued and treated, with one taken to hospital in stable condition. The circumstances of Friday’s fire were such that the “safest, most efficient and effective” option was to deploy firefighters inside, he said. Because of heavy flames in Unit 808 — where the blaze began — crews were unable to enter that apartment an ...

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