On January 22, 2019, a flood in a St. James Town building located at 260 Wellesley Street East resulted in an electrical shutdown that impacted approximately 564 apartments. Over one thousand residents were left in the dark without hydro, heat and water for five days. That night both Mayor Tory and I were personally onsite to meet with Toronto Fire, the Office of Emergency Management, representatives of the building owner and affected tenants.
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has advised Toronto Fire Services (TFS) and Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) that they will be conducting a residential high-rise electrical safety inspection at 280 Wellesley St. E. on February 6. This inspection was prompted by recent serious incidents at 650 Parliament St. and 260 Wellesley St. E.
ESA has made TFS aware of potential fire risks arising from the electrical systems in this building and other properties owned by Parwell Investments Inc. and Bleeman Holdings Inc. in St. James Town.