TORONTO, March 28, 2015—Toronto Community Housing has released the following statement regarding the fire that occurred this morning at 4311 Kingston Road:
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the household struck by tragedy earlier this morning at our Kingston Galloway community, where a young child lost their life in the fire. Other members of the household were seriously injured and are fighting for their lives.
Toronto Community Housing is assisting with the investigation into the cause of this morning’s fire, which is being led by the Office of the Fire Marshall.
Initial information is that the smoke detectors in the affected home were working this morning. All life safety systems at Toronto Community Housing homes are inspected regularly, and the system in this home was fully functional at the last inspection in December, 2014. The smoke detectors are not interconnected and so would not have rung in neighbouring homes. Inaccurate information was released earlier by another organization.
Our staff remain on site, providing support to other residents impacted by this tragic situation in their community. While the fire was contained to the one home, TTC buses were brought to the community to shelter residents evacuated during the initial response.
Toronto Community Housing would like to thank Toronto Paramedic Services, Toronto Fire and the Toronto Police Service for their quick response this morning.
The Kingston Galloway community is composed of 489 homes in one large high rise and several blocks of townhouses. The fire occurred in one of the townhouses at 4311 Kingston Road.