Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Than 1,000 Displaced by Toronto Fire May Be out for 'Several Months'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Than 1,000 Displaced by Toronto Fire May Be out for 'Several Months'

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Fire damage to Toronto highrise 'significant'

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Toronto's fire chief says it may be "several months" before approximately 1,500 people can return to their apartments in a downtown building that was hit by a fire earlier this week.

Matthew Pegg says the preliminary cause of the fire is a major failure of the building's electrical distribution system, which he says suffered significant damage.

Four people were injured on Tuesday as firefighters evacuated the building after the six-alarm fire cut electricity and sent smoke through the tower.

Mayor John Tory says many residents are with family and friends and the city has found more than 260 hotel and Airbnb units to accommodate others who had been staying in community centres.

Tory also says the city will be providing transit passes and food vouchers to the displaced residents. …

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