As many as three buildings could burn down in the GTA if a fire breaks out in the city, according to the Toronto Fire Service.
The city has a fire prevention plan in place and has already issued a warning to residents.
“It’s really important for people to be aware that they should be prepared for the worst,” said Toronto Fire Commissioner Ken Taylor.
“You want to be able to get out of the building safely.
That’s our focus.”
The city’s fire prevention program requires that people keep a fire extinguisher on and make sure that they are wearing a fire-resistant clothing and face shields, Taylor said.
Firefighters can also use a smoke detector and a smoke ball to detect smoke, and they can use a thermal imaging camera to detect heat signatures, such as smoke from a fire.
In recent weeks, crews have been dispatched to a number of homes, including the one in the 5200 block of Bayview Avenue that caught fire on Monday.
“This is a very high-risk fire,” said Taylor.
Fire crews were able to put out the blaze by using an air tank to extinguish the flames and then using heavy-duty hoses to bring the fire under control.
“We’re not looking at anyone who’s out there with a fire alarm system,” said fire chief Mike Pacholich.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. “
If we’re able to save this building, we’ll save everybody else.”
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
In addition to the Bayview building, the building in the 5000 block of Jarvis Avenue caught fire Monday night.
“One of our firefighters and his partner were inside a condo when the fire started,” said Pachalich.
At least one firefighter was treated and released from hospital after being rushed to hospital with smoke inhalation.
Taylor said that all of the units were accounted for.
Fire departments across the GTA have been notified and have been instructed to immediately put out any possible fire on their premises.
In Ontario, there are several laws and regulations in place to help protect against a building fire.
First, a building must be designed to provide fire safety.
Second, a fire department should have a fire control plan in effect.
Third, all structures must be fire-safe and contain fire-proofing.
And lastly, residents should be able, and must, make sure their properties are properly protected from smoke.
“All these things are being done by our firefighters,” said Chief Pach.
But there’s a lot of people out there who are not being aware.”