Fire damages O'Connor House

A two-alarm fire causes damage to O'Connor House, a heritage building next to Senator O'Connor College School that was undergoing an extensive renovation.
About 50 firefighters were kept busy battling a blaze at O'Connor House on Wednesday afternoon. (Patrick Lavelle)

Fire crews were kept busy Wednesday by a two-alarm fire at O'Connor House, a heritage building next to Senator O’Connor College School that was undergoing an extensive renovation.

The roof and upper floor of the building at 60 Rowena Dr. was engulfed in flames early in the afternoon as 13 trucks and 50 fire fighters responded. The fire was contained at about 4:30 p.m.

Police helped direct students out of the school, which is adjacent to the building.

The building, named after former Senator Frank O'Connor, was undergoing a $5 million renovation in partnership with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The TCDSB had planned to use the house as a classroom space.

The federal government set aside $2.1 million for the project in 2010 and the province's Trillium Fund awarded $500,00 for the project in February.

The extent of the damage was not known on Wednesday but the school was not damaged.