Man, 55, dead after house fire in northwest Toronto

A 55-year-old man is dead after a house fire in northwest Toronto on Wednesday evening.

Flames broke out in basement of home in city's northwest, man was pulled from home without vital signs

Toronto Fire Services says a man, 55, is dead after a house fire in a northwest part of the city. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

A 55-year-old man is dead after a house fire in northwest Toronto on Wednesday evening, according to Toronto Fire Services.

The flames broke out in the basement of a home on Shoreham Drive near Hullmar Drive, which is close to Steeles Avenue West and Highway 400. Firefighters were called to the residence shortly after 5 p.m.

"I don't believe there were any smoke detectors sounding at the time," Platoon Chief Wayne Patterson told reporters.

Flames were visible when firefighters arrived and crews had to force the front door of the house open, according to District Chief Stephan Powell, spokesperson for Toronto Fire Services.

The blaze, which was considered small, was brought under control quickly

Crews did a search of the home and found the man without vital signs in the basement. He was immediately removed from the house and taken to the rear of the residence, Patterson said. No other people were found.

Toronto paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. Patterson said the cause of his injuries is undetermined at this time.

Patterson said the home is believed to contain three apartment units but he doesn't know how many people were living in the home at the time. It was shut down on Wednesday night because of electrical issues.

Toronto paramedics said the person had life-threatening injuries and was not transported to hospital.

About 40 firefighters and 10 trucks attended the scene.

A Toronto Fire investigator has been notified. The cause, origin and circumstances of the fire is still under investigation.

Toronto Police are also investigating.

Patterson urged people to check their smoke detectors.

"Make sure they're functioning properly. Have a fire plan to escape to," he said.