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Man rushed to the burn unit after North York condo fire

Last Updated Mar 12, 2018 at 7:23 am EDT

Emergency crews on scene of a fire at a condo on Forest Laneway, near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue, on March 12, 2018. CITYNEWS

A man has been rushed to the burn unit of a local hospital after a highrise fire in North York.

The two-alarm fire broke out on the 20th floor of a condo on Forest Laneway, near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue, around 6:15 a.m. on Monday.

Paramedics said the man was found with serious injuries inside the unit where the fire began.

Another person was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A third person suffered minor burns and was transported to a local hospital.

Officials said the fire has been knocked down.

There has been no word on what caused the fire.

Emergency crews remain on scene.

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Another case of non-working smoke alarms (again)??? These units should have smoke detectors and heat detectors installed. If the residents disconnected the Smoke alarms, heat detectors will activate the building’s fire alarm, but by then, its too late for residents inside the unit. People, CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARMS and make sure they work!!! Smoke Alarms work, make sure you have good batteries in them, and, if they are electrically powered, DO NOT disconnect them. Also, if this was a cooking fire, DO NOT throw water on it. Turn the heat off and smother it with a wet towel. Another sad story, these injuries should not be occurring. There’s a lot of Fire Safety education out there, and people AREN’T LISTENING. Too many people think it will never happen to them, and they’re wrong. Even a Toronto fireman lost his home in Pickering two weeks ago. Fire can happen to anyone.

March 12, 2018 at 9:16 am

Also, a fire in a highrise building on Forest Laneway was the scene of 6 fatalities over 20 years ago. If an apartment fire has really gotten out of control and smoke has spread into the hallways, STAY IN YOUR UNIT. DO NOT try and get to the roof using stairwells!!! Unlike the movies, the Police and Fire Depts DO NOT have helicopters for rescue. I repeat, THERE ARE NO HELICOPTERS!!! Go online to the City of Toronto website, look for the Fire Dept, search up HIGHRISE FIRE SAFETY and do some reading, please.

March 12, 2018 at 9:25 am