Cosburn Avenue apartment housed family of four before it was gutted by fire on Oct. 5.

Two-alarm fire leaves family of four displaced

East York apartment gutted by blaze

A two-alarm fire has left an East York apartment burned out and a family displaced.

Fire fighters leave the building after extinguishing two-alarm fire early Monday morning.
Fire fighters leave the building after extinguishing two-alarm fire early Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to the fire at Pape and Cosburn avenues just after 7:30 a.m on Oct. 5. The seventh-floor apartment was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters evacuated the apartment and extinguished the fire before 8 a.m.

Sarah Rogers was one of the many residents forced from their apartments, after suddenly waking up to the blaring fire alarm.

“There was a fire on the seventh floor and we are just on the sixth floor, so we could smell the smoke,” Rogers said. “We could hear the fire alarm going on and off … so we ran down stairs to get out.”

The apartment was burnt out leaving the family’s mother, father and two children displaced.

The blown out windows burnt out bedroom of the high rise tenants.
Highrise tenants’ living room windows were blown out by blaze.

“Currently we checked with the Red Cross and the superintendent for the building because this family has been burnt out of their apartment now,” said Platoon Chief Dan Cell. “We have checked to ensure that they’re going to have a place to stay tonight, because they have a couple of kids.”

One firefighter suffered an injury to his finger. All tenants were examined for smoke inhalation at the scene, but no one was taken to hospital.