Toronto Fire as confirmed that all fire and life safety systems are operational and that the building continues to be safe. Work will continue for several weeks on electric components that are currently deactivated and for which separate power sources are being utilized. Toronto Fire and the Electrical Safety Authority continue to inspect and monitor the work taking place and fire watch notices are expected to come down in approximately one week.
I just spoke to Toronto Fire Services who has confirmed that heat and hydro is now running to all 33 floors at 260 Wellesley Street East. Even with this initial success, tenants are asked to refrain from plugging in too many electrical devices all at once in case the system is overloaded, which may cause the entire system to shut down.
Toronto Fire has successfully inspected all apartments, with the exception of 58 units, where access was not readily available. Access to these 58 units will be gained with the assistance of a professional locksmith. The purpose for entry is to ensure that all water taps have been turned off properly in the kitchens and bathrooms. Only after the remaining 58 units have been physically inspected and determined safe, then will Toronto Fire be able to fully turn the water back on for the all apartments. It is anticipated that this will happen later this evening.
In the meantime, sanitary water (not suitable for drinking) will continue to be made available for tenant use from Toronto Fire. Bottles of water for drinking will be provided to each floor. Hot meals from the property owner are available for the tenants at the property management office at 240 Wellesley St East. The Wellesley Community Centre remains open for tenant use.
I am very pleased to share the news that heat is currently being restored to 260 Wellesley Street East. This was a critical target as residents face a very cold weekend in Toronto. Toronto Fire Services will be overseeing the power restoration over the weekend with an ongoing building check, unit-by-unit, to ensure there are no appliances left on that would risk a fire and no taps left open that would risk flooding. Toronto Police and the building owner will assist to supervise entry into units with nobody home to check appliances and water only.
Last night approximately 250 residents from 260 Wellesley Street East joined me, Mayor Tory, Toronto Fire Services, the Office of Emergency Management and a spokesperson for Wellesley Parliament Square to update residents who have been without power or water for almost 48 hours.
My office received a status update from the Office of Emergency Management at 12:30 pm today. We will be able to confirm mid-day tomorrow (Friday, January 25) if the heat, power and water can be restored. The Electrical Safety Authority, the Province's regulator, remains on site and is overseeing all work taking place. For the time being, the building remains safe and open to residents.
A public meeting is happening tonight to provide information and updates for the residents of 260 Wellesley St. E., a privately-owned apartment building that have been without power since yesterday due to damage to electrical equipment. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 13 - Toronto Centre) will facilitate the meeting and representatives from the building's property management company and the City of Toronto, including Toronto Fire Services, will be present.
Date: Wednesday, January 23 Time: 8 p.m. Location: Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St.
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Yesterday afternoon I was informed by a representative for 260 Wellesley Street East that a flood in the building had resulted in a temporary Toronto Hydro service shut-off to allow for an investigation into the source of the water. The City Manager's Office flagged this immediately, given Toronto's experience with the electrical fire at 650 Parliament Street, and a preemptive emergency response mobilization was initiated to ensure staff are available to respond to any development.
This afternoon I was informed by a representative for 260 Wellesley Street East that a flood in the building had resulted in a temporary Toronto Hydro service shut-off to allow for an investigation into the source of the water. The City Manager's Office flagged this immediately, given Toronto's experience with the electrical fire at 650 Parliament Street, and a preemptive emergency response mobilization was initiated to ensure staff are available to respond to any development.