Statement from Toronto Community Housing on Neilson Road Fire

Statement from Toronto Community Housing on Neilson Road Fire

January 05, 2017

​​TORONTO, January 5, 2017—Toronto Community Housing has released the following statement from Board Chair Bud Purves and President and CEO (Interim) Greg Spearn regarding the fire that occurred at 1315 Neilson Road on February 5, 2016.


"We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that the fire at 1315 Neilson Road was deliberately set. We regret the tragic loss of life and injuries that occurred as a result of the fire, and today the thoughts of everyone at Toronto Community Housing are with the families and loved ones of those who perished, those who were injured and the residents of the building. 

"Toronto Community Housing takes the safety of residents very seriously. We have cooperated fully with the investigation into the fire's cause and we will continue to cooperate fully with the criminal investigation being led by Toronto Police Service. 

​"As who set the fire is the subject of a police investigation and other matters pertaining to the fire are before the courts, we are unable to make any further comment on these matters at this time." 




About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing ( is Canada's largest social housing landlord, providing homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in neighbourhoods across the city. We are wholly owned by the City of Toronto and our 2,100 buildings represent a $9-billion public asset.


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