Two hospitalized in four-alarm fire at TCHC highrise in St. James Town

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Two hospitalized in four-alarm fire at TCHC highrise in St. James Town


Two people have been taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries after a four-alarm fire at Toronto Community Housing highrise tower in St. James Town Friday morning.

Toronto Fire Services received reports of a fire at 200 Wellesley Street E. at 8:40 a.m.

Toronto fire Capt. David Eckerman said the blaze started in a ninth floor residence which was unoccupied at the time.

The fire has since been “knocked out” and the firefighters are ventilating the 29-storey building, Eckerman said. However, heavy smoke filled the ninth floor, resulting in some injuries, he said.

Toronto paramedics said two patients were taken to hospital, one with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Paramedics are still on scene assessing four to five other patients.

A video posted to Twitter Friday morning shows white smoke billowing out of a ninth-floor window.

The TCHC tower at 200 Wellesley Street E., seen here in a September 2013 file photo.

Toronto fire is still investigating the cause of the fire.

In 2010, a six-alarm blaze in the building stranded 1,200 people and hospitalized 14 others. Following a class action, more than 600 tenants were awarded nearly $4.9 million in compensation for that fire.

The highrise is a short walk from 650 Parliament St., where another six-alarm fire left 1,500 people displaced last year.

A video posted to Twitter Friday morning shows white smoke billowing out of a ninth-floor window.

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Raneem Alozzi

Raneem Alozzi is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @r_alozzi





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