Cosburn fire victims still stranded

Residents who were forced to evacuate from their apartments at 80 Cosburn Ave. on Feb. 15 are still unable to return home.

An electrical fire caused the evacuation of the apartment building, and crews are still busy restoring the building’s damaged areas.

A website for residents has been set up by Hanard Investments Ltd. at www.80cosburn.com. According to the website, residents have been able to return to their suites at allotted times in order to retrieve pets, medication and any other belongings they need.

Since the electricity was shut off, all contents have been removed from each unit’s refrigerators. It was announced a week ago that all refrigerators will be replaced with new ones and that a cleaning company, escorted by security, is cleaning each suite at no charge to residents.

The website also reports that renters will not be charged rent for the month of March and will receive a cheque for half of what they paid in rent in February. Mail service has also been redirected to 685 Danforth Ave. — with pickup from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on weekdays only.

As for the whereabouts of the displaced residents, the city of Toronto’s senior communication advisor, Rob Andrusevich, said that most have found their own temporary shelter.

“The city is helping a few families with interim shelter, but most residents have found places to stay,” he said.

At press time, it was unclear when residents will be able to move back into their homes. Restoration of electrical systems and common areas continue and individual units continue to be cleaned.

Besides the website, residents looking for more information can follow developments on twitter at www.twitter.com/80Cosburn or call the hotline at 416-467-1889.