Whenever there's talk of Toronto's housing market crashing, this probably isn't what people mean. Super strong winds in the 6ix are being blamed for an incident in which a Toronto home collapsed on Thursday, February 27. Nobody was injured as the under-construction home ended up on top of another home, but photos from the scene are certainly dramatic.
Toronto Building and the Ministry of Labour have been notified of the incident, which occurred on Thursday in the city's west end.
According to Toronto Fire, the home, located at 19 Homeview Ave., east of Jane Street, collapsed and Toronto Fire Service was on the scene.
“It started to lean towards the other house,” said District Chief Stephan Powell to the Toronto Star.
“The workers got out, the neighbours started screaming … everybody got out of the house and then the one house collapsed on top of the other one,” Powell added.
TFS reports that they received the call at around 1:05 p.m., and found the house right on top of the neighbours' home.
A resident of the street told CP24 "[The homeowner next door] was just shovelling snow and he heard something fall and he looked back and saw the house completely collapsed over."
TFA shared a picture of the scene on their Twitter account.
TFS is on scene of a structural collapse; house under construction. There are no report of injuries, Toronto Buildi… https://t.co/QLMsKLTcPh— Toronto Fire Service (@Toronto Fire Service) 1582831129.0
Both homes on either side have now been evacuated until the collapsed structure is demolished. TFS says there only appears to be roof damage to either building, per CP24.
Per the Star, Toronto paramedics say that the house appeared to be an addition to an existing home that had been under construction.
According to City News, the cause of the toppled home is likely to have been the strong winds of the storm the GTA has been dealing with since February 26.
Here is a view of the scene on Homeview Ave. https://t.co/nqqfV50MrR— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews Toronto) 1582838577.0
This week, the majority of southern Ontario was under a snowfall warning, with some parts expecting over 25 centimetres of snow.
The winds were so strong that gusts and heavy snowfall caused chaos on the roads with accidents and transit delays.
Other parts of Ontario are currently buried under 50 centimetres of snow.
Canadian weather has wreaked some havoc before, with winds causing severe damages and chaos in Ottawa during Halloween.
It'll most likely take some time until the homeowners are able to get back to where they were, especially in this weather.
What with cats getting stuck on poles and homes falling over, this Toronto weather is providing plenty of drama.