Fourth person dies after Scarborough TCHC apartment fire
Toronto firefighters stand outside a TCHC building after extinguishing a fire on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.
Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016 9:43PM EST
A fourth person has died after a fire at a Toronto Community Housing building in Scarborough.
Three seniors died as a result of the fire, which broke out at a high rise on Neilson Road near Finch Avenue on the afternoon of Feb. 5. The building is an apartment complex for seniors, which is run by Toronto Community Housing.
On Wednesday, regional coroner Jim Edwards confirmed that a fourth person had died as a result of the fire.
Details about the victim’s identity where not provided.
A total of 18 people were taken to hospital with various injuries as a result of the fire, police said at the time. Many had to be rescued from the fifth floor by firefighters on ladders.
Officials announced on Feb. 24 that Toronto Community Housing Corporation was being charged for having combustible materials near an exit.
Toronto Fire said the charge was based on two polyurethane chairs that were placed in a fifth floor hallway. The Ontario Fire Code violation carries a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine.
TCHC's interim president said the organization will dispute the charge, and that he feels that they were in compliance with all fire code regulations.