City of Toronto ongoing response to fire at 650 Parliament Street22-Aug-2018
The City of Toronto and its agencies responded to a six-alarm fire Tuesday and continue to address building issues and provide supports to the 1,500 residents who evacuated the building.
One hundred firefighters and 26 firetrucks responded yesterday. Only four minor injuries were reported. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is currently on scene, working with the Toronto Fire Investigations team to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Toronto Fire has issued the immediate threat to life notice under the Fire Prevention and Protection Act and has evacuated the building until further notice.
Toronto Fire personnel will be onsite today at 650 Parliament to accommodate the retrieval of personal items and vehicles.
Displaced residents are encouraged to find accommodation with family and friends if possible. Toronto's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) along with the Red Cross are coordinating the provision of services to residents.
The supports provided to residents include:
• Help to acquire necessary medications
• Social service supports
• Comfort services including meals, quiet/sleeping rooms.
• Pet retrieval and housing until they can be re-united with their owners. Animal Services has provided supplies and will provide support as required.
The Red Cross is working to secure hotel rooms for displaced residents. Hotels and short-term rental hosts who have space available are asked to contact 1-855-797-8875.
Building residents in need of assistance or accommodations should register at Wellesley Community Centre – 495 Sherbourne St.
Residents who registered last night and stayed at either Wellesley Community Centre or Regent Park Community Centre will be notified as hotels become available. Residents who have secured accommodations are asked to update their status by calling 1-855-797-8875.
Programming at Wellesley and Regent Park Community Centres
Summer camps at Wellesley Community Centre will operate as scheduled. Drop-in recreation programs may be cancelled and residents should contact the Summer camps at Wellesley Community Centre will operate as scheduled. Drop-in recreation programs may be cancelled and residents should contact the centre at 416-392-0227 to confirm program availability before attending.
Camps at Regent Park Community Centre will be accommodated at Nelson Mandela Park Public School. Drop-in programs have been cancelled.
Drop-in swimming continues to be available at Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre and multi-sport drop-in programming is available at the Regent Park Athletic Grounds.
To find drop-in recreation programming at other locations, residents can visit toronto.ca/rec.
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