Hundreds of residents affected after power, water shut off in St. James Town highrise

Residents of a 33-storey highrise in St. James Town are seeking shelter after the power and water was shut off in their building Tuesday evening due to a burst pipe.

Officers going door-to-door to check in on residents, police say, after pipe bursts

Police officers and Toronto Fire were called to help when water and power were shut off at 260 Wellesley St. due to a burst pipe, Toronto police say (John Sandeman/CBC)

Residents of a 33-storey high rise in St. James Town are seeking shelter after the power and water was shut off in their building Tuesday evening due to a burst pipe. 

Toronto Fire were called to 260 Wellesley St. in downtown Toronto just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday for possible flooding.  

A water supply pipe had burst in the building's garbage disposal room and water leaked into the electrical room, a statement from the city explains. 

Toronto Hydro has disconnected electrical power at the building "to avoid a catastrophic event and prolonged power outage due to flooding and a leak in an electrical room," the statement added. 

Residents are free to remain in their units, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop says, but three TTC shelter buses are on the scene and the Wellesley community centre, located across the street from the building, is also offering shelter. 

For the time being, said Mayor John Tory, there will be no light or heat in the building, but arrangements are being made to make sure there is water to flush toilets as well as basic food stuffs. 

Officers are also going door-to-door to check in on residents, Toronto police say. 

"We have no indication how long this is going to be. And we will reassess once the building owners, engineers and electricians give us an idea," said Jessop. "For the short term I am more than confident that the measures we have put in place will keep the people protected. "