Greenwood Towers

Door-to-door visits planned at Greenwood Towers after second fatal fire

The visits will take place in June, along with fire-safety workshops at 50 TCHC buildings

The Toronto Community Housing Corporation is planning door-to-door safety visits after a second fatal fire in Greenwood Towers since November.

The second-alarm blaze on the 13th floor of the 14-storey building near Danforth and Greenwood Avenues happened in the early hours of April 18. A man in his 70s died in hospital after succumbing to smoke inhalation and severe burns.

In late November, a fire one floor below claimed the life of a man in his 60s.

“We are planning door-to door fire-safety visits by Toronto Fire Services during Fire Safety Awareness Month in June at Greenwood Towers, along with fire-safety workshops led by Toronto Fire Services at 50 of our buildings,”  TCHC spokeswoman Daniele Gauvin said in an email.

“TCHC provides homes to some of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents, and it is crucial that we maintain a strong focus on fire safety and prevention.”

Gauvin also pointed to TCHC’s recent “12 Days of Fire Safety” awareness campaign, which ran from Dec. 7, 2017 to Jan. 2. “It included posters in our buildings, a social-media campaign using Twitter and Facebook, and a dedicated web page. We also mailed two sections of building fire-safety plans that apply to tenants to 52,000 households in December 2017.

“In addition, we completed annual fire-safety unit inspections in all our buildings by the end of December 2017,” she said. “All buildings with a fire-alarm system have detailed fire-safety plans in place, and these plans are approved by Toronto Fire Services.”