Fourth resident in TCH seniors' building fire dies, coroner's office says

A fourth resident has died following a fire at a Toronto Community Housing building last month, the Ontario Coroner's Office confirmed Wednesday.

Coroner's office cannot confirm fourth victim's death caused by Feb. 5 fire

Firefighters battled thick smoke as they rescued more than 12 seniors from a Toronto Community Housing building on Feb. 5. A fourth victim of the fire died in hospital Wednesday. (CBC)

A fourth resident has died following a fire at a Toronto Community Housing building last month, the Ontario Coroner's Office confirmed Wednesday.

But the coroner's office said it could not confirm the blaze had caused the person's death.  

There's also no word on the resident's name, age and gender.

A married couple, Charles and Hyacinth Roberts, and 86-year-old Azeema Safraj had already been identified as victims of the fire that broke out on the fifth floor of the seniors' apartment building in Scarborough on Feb. 5. 

All three died of smoke inhalation. Fifteen other people were injured.

Toronto Fire Services said the fire was caused in part by some furniture in a hallway that burst into flames. 

At the end of last month, Toronto Fire said it was creating a task force to inspect all 200 TCH buildings, including 69 seniors residences, to make sure they are up to code. They will also retrain staff and residents in fire safety. 

Toronto Community Housing was charged under the Ontario Fire Code with having combustible material in a means of egress and fined $100,000. TCH is contesting the fine. 

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