North York fire kills man in hospital

A man died in hospital after being rescued from a fire that tore through his North York home early Saturday morning.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., the Toronto fire brigade responded to the fire at a house at 14 Curry Avenue, near Rexfield Avenue and Richard Clarke Drive.

The fire appears to have started in the basement.

“They arrived to discover what we call a working fire. So the presence of smoke and flames. The top priority for the crew at all times is to conduct a search and rescue.” Fire Chief Matthew Pegg told CP24 at the scene.

During a search, the crew found a man in the basement, who was subsequently removed from the house.

A 61-year-old man was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition, but was pronounced dead shortly after.

“First and foremost, my deepest condolences to the family, friends and everyone affected by this tragic fire.”

Pegg said there was only one person in the house when the fire broke out.

The fire is now under control and crew members are checking for hot spots on site.

The fire was upgraded to a third alarm at its peak and about 70 firefighters were dispatched to the scene.

“So, technically, we have a third of that. Then it was escalated to a third alert just to make sure we had enough people,” Pegg said.

The cause and origin of the fire are unknown.

Pegg said today’s humid weather made it difficult to extinguish the fire.

“Working in such temperatures and humidity is extremely difficult for firefighters wearing protective gear. We take a lot of extra care to make sure we are responsible in

An investigation is ongoing and the fire department has been notified.

North York fire kills man in hospital

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