Toronto Fire captain uses body as ladder to save colleagues when floor collapses
Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:44AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:31AM EDT
Two Toronto firefighters were injured when a floor collapsed during a fire in a townhouse on Perth Avenue Wednesday morning.
The firefighters were injured while tackling the blaze at 417 Perth Ave., near Dupont and Dundas Streets. One of the firefighters injured her leg, and the other was treated for smoke inhalation.
The firefighters were working inside the building and fell into the basement when the ground floor collapsed, Toronto Fire said.
The captain was one of the firefighters who fell, but was not injured. He was able to hang onto the first floor and then helped the other two climb up, using his body as a ladder.
A mayday call was sent out, but the alert ended once the firefighters got out of the home.
The fire broke out in the basement of a townhouse on Perth Avenue shortly before 8 a.m., and residents were evacuated from neighbouring homes as a precaution.
At one point, 13 fire trucks and about 50 firefighters were working to put out the fire. As the fire died down, Toronto crews did a final overhaul to make sure there were no hidden hot spots.
Dupont Street was closed to traffic from Perth Avenue to Symington Avenue until shortly before noon.
The 26 Dupont bus is diverting both in both directions via Lansdowne Avenue, Davenport Road and Osler Street as fire trucks block the area near the home.
Firefighters gather at the back of a burning townhouse on Perth Avenue on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
A Toronto firefighter rests outside of a burning townhouse on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.