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Smoke alarm removed

Dec. 24, 2007 - TORONTO _ A supervisor with the Ontario Fire Marshal's office says someone removed a main floor smoke alarm at the scene of a tragic fatal fire over the weekend.

December 24, 2007 
By The Canadian Press

A woman and two of her young children died early Saturday in the blaze in a Toronto townhouse, just days before Christmas.Jim Fisher says the main floor was where the fire started.Fisher says Toronto Community Housing had inspected the townhouse in February 2006 and there was a working smoke alarm then.Three other children escaped the blaze — aged 16, 12 and five — and have been released from hospital and are staying with family members.The 16-year-old is being hailed as a hero by police for helping to rescue her two younger siblings.Names of the victims have not been officially released.But according to the Toronto Sun in an interview with the woman's sister, police told her that 35-year-old Diane Anderson, 35, her nine-year old daughter Tayjah Simpson, 9, and her four-year-old son Jah-Jah Whittaker were killed in the blaze. Earlier reports had identified the woman as Diane Simpson.(The Canadian Press, Toronto Sun) 

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