As you may have heard, a fire broke out in an apartment building yesterday afternoon in Toronto's east end. All of the building's residents - roughly 1,500 people - were immediately evacuated. The blaze was so severe that Toronto Fire services have shut down the entire building, leaving every resident temporarily homeless.

Emergency crews responded to reports of a fire in the building at around 12:50 PM on Tuesday. The blaze became progressively worse, and authorities deemed it a six-alarm fire - indicating that it was severe and difficult to contain.

Global News reports that thick black smoke travelled from the basement and up the building, causing severe damage to the building's electrical system. Thankfully, nobody was severely hurt, but two people were taken to hospital with smoke-related injuries.

Nearly 100 firefighters and 26 fire trucks were called to the scene to extinguish the blaze. Authorities say that extensive repairs will have to be made before it is safe for all 1,500 residents to return home.

Nearby community centres opened their doors last night for displaced residents. The City of Toronto urges hotels to help as well, and to contact the GTA Red Cross to arrange for overnight accommodations.

Even Mayor John Tory has joined the effort to help displaced residents find a place to stay. Airbnb hosts are encouraged to participate as well, by contacting GTAresponse@redcross.ca.

Source: Global News

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