1 person killed in Bleecker Street apartment fire

One person is dead after a two-alarm fire in a second-floor unit at an apartment building on Bleecker Street in Toronto.

Toronto Community Housing confirms blaze hit its building

Nine trucks and 35 firefighters were dispatched to the two-alarm fire, according to officials. (Michael Cole/CBC News)

One person is dead after a two-alarm fire broke out at a downtown Toronto Community Housing apartment Friday afternoon.

​Toronto police say they received a call at 2:01 p.m. about smoke coming from a building at 275 Bleecker St., near St. James Avenue, just south of Sherbourne subway station.

When fire crews arrived, they found smoke billowing out of a second floor window and into the second floor hallway.

While extinguishing the blaze, firefighters found a body that they brought out to paramedics. However, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nine trucks and 35 firefighters were on scene at the height of the blaze, according to fire officials. No other injuries were reported and there's no estimate yet on property damage, officials say.

TCH has confirmed the fatal fire happened at one of its buildings. 

There was no immediate word on the cause, but the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate and will be at the scene Friday evening.

Details about the victim are not yet known. 


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