'It's terrifying': A Toronto home under construction has collapsed
Published Thursday, February 27, 2020 3:08PM EST Last Updated Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:51PM EST
TORONTO -- A home under construction in Toronto’s west end has collapsed.
Emergency responders arrived at the residence, located on Homeview Avenue near Jane Street and St. Clair Avenue West, on Thursday afternoon to find it demolished.
The structure was seen leaning on the neighbouring home.
Video from the scene shows a two-storey home that was under construction before the collapse. It has windows installed, but no bricks or siding.
Neighbours say the homeowner next door was there when the collapse happened just after 1 p.m.
"He was just shovelling snow and he heard something fall and he looked back and saw the house completely collapsed over," Sandy Da Cunha, who lives on the street, told CP24.
Da Cunha said that a couple and their two-year-old daughter live in the home that the house fell on, adding that the incident has left the family “shaken up”.
"They're doing OK, no one is hurt or anything. They're just in absolute shock."
No injuries were reported, Toronto Fire said. Enbridge Gas is on-scene to assess the situation.
Speaking to CP24, the project's safety inspector said that two construction workers were actually inside the building before the structure came crashing down.
"They heard a crackling and then a window breaking and one of the gentleman went outside, " Frank Martins said.
"And then he screamed out to the other worker, you know, 'get out of the house'—he screamed very loud."
Martins said that the worker inside then rushed to exit the home and moments later the entire house collapsed.
"We're very lucky that the two gentleman that were working inside are not deceased right now,' Martins added.
The exact cause of the collapse is not known at this time, but police said it may be due to "strong winds." According to Environment Canada, winds were gusting at speeds of up to 60 kilometres an hour at the time of the incident.
The adjacent homes have since been evacuated.
Toronto Fire said that what's left of the home that was under construction will likely be demolished, pending approval from the owner's insurance company.
The ministry of labour and Toronto building inspectors have been called in to investigate the incident, Toronto Fire added.