650 Parliament: Update July 12, 2019

July 12, 2019

As reported in several media outlets, the fire that occurred at 650 Parliament on June 10 was the result of a stove being left on following the evacuation last year, that caught combustible material on the stove on fire when the unit was being re-energized. A press release from Toronto Fire Services is included this update. 

The landlord has commented in the media that while the damage is unfortunate, it "likely won’t affect the plan to return residents to the building."

If our office receives any further information we will provide it during our planned update for July 15, 2019.

Press Release from Toronto Fire Services - Cause of recent fire at 650 Parliament St. determined


On July 10, Toronto Fire Services responded to a fire at 650 Parliament St. Toronto Fire Services were able to contain the fire to a single unit and extinguish the fire in less than 20 minutes from the time of the initial call. There were no injuries.

Last August, an electrical fire at 650 Parliament St. displaced all of the tenants in the apartment building. The tenants are still unable to return to their homes while the building's electrical system is being upgraded.

The Toronto Fire Services' Investigations Division conducted an investigation into the origin, cause and circumstances of Wednesday's fire, in collaboration with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). The investigation determined the fire was caused by the ignition of combustible materials that were left on a stovetop burner. The stovetop burner was left in the “on” position following the building's evacuation last year. On Wednesday, during re-energizing and testing of the electrical system by a third-party contractor, the material left on the stovetop caught fire when the electricity to the unit was turned on.

City of Toronto and Toronto Fire Services continues to work in partnership with the ESA and the building’s landlord to ensure electrical safety. The ESA will conduct inspections of any electrical work in the building, as requested, to ensure compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

Questions regarding when tenants will be able to return to their homes at 650 Parliament St. should be referred to the building's landlord.

Next update: July 15, 2019

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