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Fire at Toronto apartment leads to death of 4 senior residents

It is never easy to lose a loved one unexpectedly. It is that much harder to face when it may have been prevented. This may have been the case in the death of several residents of a Toronto apartment building, in a fire, last month. Though not designated as a senior home, the Toronto Community Housing building specifically catered to individuals over the age of 58.

The designation of the building is relevant as it dictates which fire regulations the residence must pass. Because it was not a senior home, it was not subject to yearly inspections and the stricter fire regulations. Accordingly, the last time the building involved in the fire was inspected was 2013.

As a result of the fire, 15 people were taken to the hospital for treatment. Three residents, between the ages of 72 and 90, died. A fourth individual who was one of the 15 who were initially hospitalized, recently died as well.

According to firefighters who were on the scene to fight the fire at the five-story building, the hallway on the top floor, where the fire broke, out had furniture in it. While it is unclear what caused the fire to start, because the combustible material was in the way of some of the building’s exits, charges were filed against TCH by Toronto Fire.

The daughter of one of the individuals who died in the blaze, indicated residents smoked in hallways, and said she previously complained to TCH about wallpaper in the hallway that was falling off the walls, posing what she considered to be a fire hazard. A representative for TCH indicated that wallpaper was removed last year and also acknowledged that the hallways were used for smoking.

In a situation such as this one, the loved ones of those who died may take legal action in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. If you, a friend or a family member are victims of someone's negligence and suffering from injuries and losses, contact us to speak to one of our lawyers to know your rights and what steps you should be taking in order to protect your rights for the future.

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