September 16, 2019
Toronto's Fire Chief, Matthew Pegg has released a brief statement about the causes of the fire that struck 650 Parliament on August 21, 2018. As reported in the media, the Ontario Fire Marshall has finished their investigation and determined that what occurred was a "catastrophic failure of the electrical system in the building caused an explosion in the electrical room, and smaller explosions and fires throughout the building."
This Fire Marshall's report is confidential, and therefore Toronto Fire Services cannot release the report. If there is any further information we are able to share, we will provide it to 650 Parliament residents.
In addition, Toronto Building has provided a brief update on work being done at 650 Parliament. Work on building systems is substantially complete, with the remainder of the work largely finishing work (i.e. drywall, painting, etc.).
650 Parliament Inc. management:
No update to provide.
From Toronto Fire Services:
Statement from Toronto's Fire Chief re: Fire Marshal report on August 21, 2018 fire at 650 Parliament Street
Earlier today, the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal (OFMEM) provided me with a copy of the Fire Investigation Report for the August 21, 2018 fire at 650 Parliament Street.
The OFMEM determined that a catastrophic failure of the electrical system in the building caused an explosion in the electrical room, and smaller explosions and fires throughout the building.
Our team will review the fire investigation and fire engineering reports in detail in order to gain a full understanding as to the origin, cause and circumstance analysis that has been completed and determinations that have been reached by the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal.
Toronto Fire Services will not comment further on the report until we have had the opportunity to review it fully.
From Toronto Building:
The building systems (life safety, HVAC, electrical and plumbing) work is nearing substantial completion.
The finishing work is still ongoing with the majority of dry walling, flooring, painting and trim work still to be done.
Next update: October 1, 2019