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Baby girl 'severely burned' in Toronto apartment fire

A one-month-old baby girl is alive but was "severely burned" on Wednesday night in northwest Toronto after a fire broke out in a bedroom where an older sibling was playing with a lighter, firefighters say.

Firefighters say clothing, room contents caught fire

A one-month-old baby girl is alive but was "severely burned" on Wednesday night in northwest Toronto after a fire broke out in a bedroom where an older sibling was playing with a lighter, firefighters say.

The older child, who is eight-years-old, lit some laundry and other items on fire in the second-floor bedroom of a home on Driftwood Court, east of Jane Street.

The baby suffered severe burns to her face, nose and arms.

Toronto Fire District Chief John Walsh said the incident is being investigated but its unlikely any charges will be laid at this point.

"In terms of criminality, I think we're just talking about children playing with a lighter," Walsh said. 

The baby's grandmother discovered what happened and brought the infant to her mother, who was outside the house at the time.   

The girl's mother then called 911 to report the fire, which was contained to the bedroom where it started.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 5:25 p.m. and brought the fire under control within about 20 minutes.

They were initially called to a different address on Driftwood Court and were redirected to the house where the fire had occurred.

The baby was taken to a local hospital and was last reported to be breathing on her own. Doctors from the Hospital for Sick Children were set to travel to the local hospital to attend to her.

The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal has been notified.

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