My Statement on the Fire at 127 Isabella Street

This afternoon my office learned of a 2nd alarm fire at 127 Isabella Street, a non-profit rooming house. Toronto Fire Service was able to extinguish the fire quickly and, thankfully, there have been no reports of injuries.

Unfortunately, there are a reported 17 residents who have been displaced as a result of the fire. I also am directly in touch with the Fire Chief and senior City staff to ensure that the displaced residents will have the supports they need to get through this difficult time. At this point in time, I am advised that all tenants will be provided interim accommodations by the Property Manager, who manages multiple properties that everyone will be rapidly rehoused. In case this does not happen in an urgent manner, the Office of Emergency Management has been engaged and will support the Property Manager in finding appropriate accommodations forever immediately. No one will be left behind.

The investigation of the origin and cause of this suspicious fire is ongoing and led by Toronto Fire Service and Toronto Police Service. I am grateful for the swift work of our first responders and know that they will do everything possible to ensure the person(s) responsible for this fire will be dealt with accordingly.

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