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Residents still out of their homes after Yonge St. highrise fire

TORONTO – Residents forced out of their homes in a downtown highrise after a fire will find out Thursday when they’ll be able to return to their units.

Firefighters were called to 914 and 920 Yonge St., just north of Davenport Road, around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday to deal with a hydro vault fire that sent smoke billowing up to the 14th floor.

The building houses both residential units and businesses on the ground floor, including an emergency veterinary clinic. About 20 animals had to be removed from the clinic during the response.

No injuries were reported.

Residents of the building were only allowed back into their homes briefly to grab some essentials. Crews continue to work to pump water out of the basement so hydro workers can get in to make repairs.