Statement on 200 Wellesley Street East Fire


At 8:40am this morning, a four-alarm fire occurred on the 9th floor of 200 Wellesley Street East. The fire was contained to a single unit, and was successfully extinguished this morning. Two individuals were taken to the hospital due to smoke inhalation, but no serious injuries have been reported. Toronto Fire Services is still investigating the origin, cause and circumstances of this fire.

While this incident does not reach the magnitude of recent incidents at 650 Parliament Street and 260 Wellesley Street East, it is a sobering reminder of the many challenges St. James Town has faced within the past year. The response to the incident from the local community, service providers and emergency services has been tremendous and reinforces how strong and resilient this community is and continues to be.

Tenants on units on the 9th floor, along with some units on the 8th and 10th floor, have been relocated to other Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) properties. Residents on other floors and units have been allowed to return to the building.

Toronto Fire Services continues to actively monitor the situation. They are in direct contact with TCHC in the event that the situation changes and assistance is required to mitigate or relocate displaced occupants.

I want to thank Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop and all the firefighters who responded this morning for their quick and efficient response to this incident. I also want to thank TCH CEO Kevin Marshman for his personal assistance in ensuring displaced residents are taken care of while their units are rehabilitated. Finally, I want to thank the St. James Town Service Providers Network for their work in assisting the 9th floor tenants and providing them food, water and a place to stay temporarily during the aftermath of the fire.

To the tenants of 200 Wellesley Street East, especially those who have been displaced by this fire, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office. I will ensure that all necessary follow-up action is taken; my office is here to assist you through this troubling incident.


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