Toronto

Wellesley fire victims get OK to sue

A class-action lawsuit brought by tenants who were forced out of a Wellesley Street apartment building by a fire has been given the go-ahead.

A class-action lawsuit brought by tenants who were forced out of a Wellesley Street apartment building by a fire has been given the go-ahead.

More than 200 tenants of the St. James Town high rise near Sherbourne Street have signed on to the lawsuit against the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, which operates the building.

The suit claims the housing agency was negligent in dealing with a tenant who was hoarding paper in the apartment where the fire is believed to have started.

The claim has not been proven in court.

An Ontario court gave the go-ahead to the suit, which also names Greenwin Property Management.

About 500 tenants have already taken a settlement from Toronto Community Housing and cannot participate in this class action.

Many of the building's 1,200 tenants were kept out for months after the fire, which gutted several floors.

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