Toronto Fire has laid a charge against Toronto's social housing agency in connection with a fire that claimed three lives earlier this month.

Three seniors died as a result of the blaze, which broke out at a highrise 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.

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.

Toronto Fire said the charge relates to having combustible materials near an exit. The charge was laid under the Ontario Fire Code, and is not a criminal charge.