A house fire in Toronto’s West End left one person dead and another seriously injured on Wednesday night.
Toronto Fire Department Acting Chief Jim Jessop told reporters that crews received reports of a building fire at 612 Gladstone Avenue shortly after 7 p.m
Jessop once said at the scene crews encountered “severe fire conditions” and rescued two people from the home.
He said one was hospitalized and is in critical condition.
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The other person, Jessop said, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jessop said the blaze was a “deep and hot blaze” adding that firefighters “encountered a wall of heat and flames”.
He said from what he observed at the scene, the fire “certainly came up from the basement.”
According to Jessop, several firefighters who were overwhelmed by the heat were evaluated by Toronto paramedics and have reported back to duty.
He said Toronto Fire will remain on site to conduct fire watch, check for hot spots and assist with investigations if needed.
Police said Shanly Street was closed from Dufferin Street to Bartlett Avenue.
Jessop said the Toronto Fire extends its “deepest condolences and sympathy” to those affected by the “tragic fatal blaze.”
Jessop added that his “thoughts and prayers” are with the other person who is now fighting for his life in hospital.
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