Updated: February 07, 2019 at 12:05pm
This morning I received an update regarding the ongoing work by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), Toronto Fire Services (TFS) and Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) at 280 Wellesley Street East.
Following the blackout at 260 Wellesley Street East in January, the ESA, TFS and MLS have started investigating buildings in St. James Town, starting with 280 Wellesley Street East. Power was cut off yesterday morning at 280 Wellesley Street East to allow ESA to examine the electrical systems are ensure they have been maintained and will operate properly in the event of an emergency.
During the investigation, a fault was found that is impacting one of the electrical risers. The ESA has used the remaining risers to provide power, heat and hot water to units on floors 16 to 33. For units on floors 1 to 15, power has been restored, but the units remain without heat or hot water. Elevators and life safety systems are functional at 280 Wellesley Street East. ESA and the building's contractor are actively seeking to correct the fault, but there is no current timeline as to when heat and hot water will be back on for floors 1 to 15. The goal is restore heat and hot water as soon as possible however.
TFS is continuing to monitor the situation. Residents on floors 1 to 15 are not being asked to evacuate the building. While temperatures will drop, we encourage residents to not use alternative heating measures such as stoves, candles or unattended space heaters. TFS will be providing information for tenants to educate them about the risks of such alternative measures.
I encourage 280 Wellesley Street East tenants, as well as other tenants of St. James Town, to visit my website for updates and to sign up and fill out our survey with us so we can communicate with you in the event of an emergency.