Fire at Toronto Condominium Claims One

A middle-of-the-night fire at a condo unit in downtown Toronto took life of a resident in the building on Friday. The investigators reveal that the fire almost triggered sometime around 4:30am, as fire initiated in the living room of a sixth-floor condo unit on Richmond Street East, near Jarvis Street. The dead-body was discovered by the Firefighters near the unit’s door.

The Captain of Toronto Fire Services, Mike Strapko, confirmed that the man was found without any vital signs as paramedics attempted to revive him through CPR but he could not make it and eventually passed away. Consequently, the unidentified man was pronounced dead on scene. So far the cause of the fire is not known, though investigators are gathering evidence from the scene. Strapko confirmed that the fire was only restricted to a single condo unit only, though almost half of the building was evacuated as a precautionary measure. Additionally, the fire department requested The Toronto Transit Commission to send buses for sheltering the evacuees, but it later itself cancelled the request because it decided to use a meeting room on the second floor of the high-rise instead.

Strapko shared that it almost took 12 fire trucks and 45 firefighters for putting out the two-alarm fire. The investigators from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the cause of the incident. The building at 225 Richmond St. East is known to have both typical condo units and two-storey lofts with an upper floor bedroom, whereas the victim lived in one of the two-storey units.

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