Firefighters rush to contain Dawes apartment fire

Sixth-floor unit source of blaze, fire officials say

Dawes Road apartment fire
Fire at 500 Dawes Rd. started on an apartment on the sixth floor, spreading to the next apartment, fire officials say.  Andre Saunders/Toronto Observer

Toronto Fire responded to a one-alarm blaze at 500 Dawes Rd. on Dec. 4.

Toronto Police tweeted at 12:10 p.m., warning of a fire in the area of Dawes Road and Gower Street.

The fire started on the sixth floor of the building, spreading to a nearby unit, according to fire officials. The balconies of both units have visible scorch marks on the outside.

A resident of the apartment, who wishes to remain unnamed, saw the fire from outside the building.

“It was two balconies on a higher floor, and they were blazing — it was popping and the flames were just shooting out,” said the resident who added the apartment must have been totally destroyed.

“I feel sorry for that person coming home. I have a feeling they weren’t home because you didn’t hear anyone saying anything.”

Residents of the building had TTC buses provided to them for shelter as the fire continued, the Toronto police tweeted.

At 12:36, Toronto police tweeted to confirm the fire was out and firefighters remained on the scene to clear the smoke.

Dawes Road was closed due to the fire, diverting buses onto side streets, the TTC tweeted.

Toronto Fire Services are investigating the blaze. No injuries were reported.

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Posted: Dec 5 2017 11:59 pm
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