Toronto Community Housing's response to fire at 200 Wellesley St. East

Toronto Community Housing's response to fire at 200 Wellesley St. East

September 24, 2010

​Toronto Community Housing is part of a full city-wide effort led by Toronto Fire Services, including Toronto Police Services and Emergency Medical Services, to support those that have been affected by the six-alarm fire at 200 Wellesley St. East.

Toronto Community Housing has mobilized a crisis response team of staff - including the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer - to the building.

"Our primary concern is the well-being of our tenants," said Keiko Nakamura, CEO of Toronto Community Housing. "Our thoughts and concerns are with those tenants and firefighters that have been injured in the fire."

The City's Emergency Response Team is working with us to find shelter tonight for the building's approximately 1,200 residents.

The building is being evacuated by Toronto Fire Services and we are recording people as they leave the building, matching them against a list of known tenants.

The Community Care Access Centre's response team is on site as is a physician from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre who is checking on tenants. We appreciate everyone's effort in responding to this crisis.

About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes-about six per cent of the City of Toronto's population. Toronto Community Housing employs 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs, who deliver its mission to provide affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities, and work together to build healthy communities.

For more information:

Kyle Rooks, Media Relations, Toronto Community Housing 
kyle.rooks@torontohousing.ca 
or visit www.toronto.ca for updates