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Firefighter OK after falling through burning building floor

Jan. 9, 2012 Toronto – Fire crews are still working to put out some hot spots after a fire at a public storage facility in west-end Toronto.

January 9, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Jan. 9, 2012, Toronto – Fire crews are still working to put out some hot spots after a fire at a public storage facility in west-end Toronto.

Toronto fire officials say most of the fire had been knocked down by afternoon, but chunks were still burning.

A firefighter inside the building fell from the third floor to the second, but officials said he was OK and walking.

Crews were called to the scene in the Dupont Street and Dundas Street West area at around 6:15 a.m today.

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The inside of the four-storey building has been destroyed by flames and thick smoke that poured from shattered windows.

Firefighters are going through the building to make sure the flames are completely out in each area.

But they said they are not concerned with the integrity of the structure. Although there is a smoky smell in the area, the smoke and flames seen earlier are no longer visible to passersby.

GO train service on the Kitchener line was diverted since fire hoses had to run across neighbouring train tracks, but trains returned to the line Monday afternoon.

Some homes and buildings in the area were evacuated, including St. Josaphat Catholic School. Some of the surrounding streets, meanwhile, have reopened.

There is no word on what caused the fire, which was listed as a five-alarm throughout the morning hours.


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