Firefighters arrived at an apartment building in the city’s St. James Town neighbourhood this morning to battled what turned out to be a four-alarm Toronto fire. According to CP24, the fire broke out on the ninth floor of a Toronto Community Housing building located at 200 Wellesley St. E. at around 8:40 a.m. Nearby residents managed to capture shocking footage of heavy smoke billowing out of the building as fire crews arrived on the scene.
Tenants of the buildings are being advised by firefighters to find shelter, with some being told to keep off their balconies to avoid smoke inhalation.
A ventilation fan has been placed inside the residence to push the smoke out of the building. Police and paramedics have also arrived on the scene to assist.
According to City News, paramedics confirmed that at least one person had been taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, and another person was transferred with minor injuries.
Five others were reported to have been treated at the scene. It is unclear at the moment what exactly caused the blaze.
However, with the dramatic scene filling the Toronto skyline with smoke, videos of the fire have already begun popping up on social media.
Earlier this week, residents of a North York neighbourhood were stunned after a tow truck burst into flames.
A Toronto resident managed to capture footage of the incident from a balcony overlooking a parking lot in a residential area, where the vehicle was stationed.
The North York tow truck fire is considered suspicious by police. A formal investigation was launched into the matter.
Toronto police are also asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they believe is linked to a four-alarm fire on Shuter Street last week.
According to Global News, emergency crews responded to a report of a structure fire at 85 Shuter Street on November 2, 2019. The suspect was spotted fleeing the scene after police arrived on the scene.