Toronto

Man in his 20s injured in downtown apartment fire

A man in his 20s was taken to hospital in serious condition with smoke inhalation after a fire on the eighth floor of downtown apartment building in Toronto on Tuesday night.

Fire at 55 Maitland Street prompted several residents to leave the building and wait outside

Toronto firefighters talk to residents after an 8th floor apartment fire at 55 Maitland Street on Tuesday night. The fire sent one man in his 20s to hospital in serious condition with smoke inhalation. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

A man in his 20s was taken to hospital in serious condition with smoke inhalation after a fire on the eighth floor of downtown apartment building in Toronto on Tuesday night, paramedics say.

District Chief Stephan Powell, spokesperson for Toronto Fire Services, said the fire department got a call about the blaze at 55 Maitland Street near Church Street and Wellesley Street East at about 11:30 p.m.

He said firefighters encountered heavy smoke when they arrived at the 20-storey apartment building and advised residents to shelter in place.

"We did a floor-by-floor assessment of the amount of smoke that migrated throughout the building. There was a fair bit of smoke on the fire floor and the floor above," he said. 
Residents of 55 Maitland Street wait on the sidewalk outside the building while fire crews work to extinguish a blaze on the 8th floor. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Smoke also entered the building through open doors on balconies and open windows, he added.

The fire was extinguished within half an hour. Some residents left the building and waited on the sidewalk outside, but Powell said the majority of residents did stay inside their units as crews fought the blaze.

The building was not evacuated, he said.

Eight trucks, with about four firefighters each, responded to the call. 

Evert Steenge, deputy commander with Toronto Paramedic Services, said no one else was transported to hospital from the scene.

Toronto firefighters make their way to an apartment where flames were visible from an eighth floor apartment unit on Tuesday night. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no estimate of damage was available. Ontario's Office of the Fire Marshall was not called. The fire is not considered suspicious.

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