1 dead, 3 hurt after Parkdale apartment tower fire

A 59-year-old man is dead and several other people were taken to hospital after a two-alarm fire at a Parkdale highrise late Wednesday night.

59-year-old man was killed in the blaze

A 59-year-old man is dead after the two-alarm fire completely gutted an apartment in a Parkdale highrise. (CBC)

A 59-year-old man is dead and several other people were taken to hospital after a two-alarm fire at a Parkdale highrise late Wednesday night. 

Heavy smoke was reported in the apartment tower at 245 Dunn Avenue, near Queen Street West, shortly after 8 p.m. The building was evacuated while 40 firefighters worked to put out the fire, which was discovered on the 11th floor of the building.

One man was removed from that floor with vital signs absent and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim's identity hasn't been released at this time. 

Three more patients — two male and one female — were also helped away from that floor and treated for smoke inhalation, Toronto EMS officials said.

The fire has now been extinguished, though crews are still working to clear smoke from the building. All residents except for those living on the 11th floor have been let back into the building.

Firefighters haven't identified the cause of the blaze. An investigator from the Ontario Fire Marshal is heading to the scene tonight.

Sgt. Jeff Zammit said it was too early to say if the fire is suspicious, but did say at some point in the evening there was a fight between residents on the 11th floor, or possibly the floor below it. One man was taken into custody at the scene. 

The building is a Toronto Community Housing Corporation Building that's also home to the Loft program, which helps seniors and older adults who have mental illness or disabilities. 


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