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Six-Alarm High-Rise Fire in Toronto

Fire in the basement of a 20-story building


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TORONTO (The Star) – As many as 1,500 people had to find a place to sleep Tuesday night after a six-alarm fire blazed through a downtown highrise for at least six hours, eventually forcing the evacuation of the entire building.

One hundred firefighters and 26 fire trucks were dispatched to 650 Parliament St., south of Bloor St. E., shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday. At roughly 9:15 p.m., Toronto fire Chief Matthew Pegg confirmed the blaze had been extinguished.

The remaining smoke had also been cleared, Mayor John Tory and Pegg told reporters at nearby Wellesley Community Centre.

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