Two people remain in critical condition after a house fire near Lawrence Avenue and Birchmount Road Tuesday morning.
Fifty-seven-year-old Chandraleela Sivapatham apparently tried to rouse the six others inside the house on Canlish Road around 1 a.m. after smoke alarms went off.
She was later found unconscious without vital signs. She was revived and rushed to hospital in critical condition. Her husband is also in critical condition.
Toronto Fire said there was a total of seven people inside the house at the time, and four of them were outside when crews arrived.
Firefighters had to rescue three people trapped inside the home. One has since been released.
A mother and her toddler were also taken to Toronto East General Hospital with serious, but non life-threatening injuries. The child was later transferred to the Hospital for Sick Children. They’ve also since been released from hospital.
The flames apparently started in a cube van parked on the driveway and then spread to the home, causing major damage, estimated at $300,000. The fire also spread to a neighbouring home that was undergoing renovations.
The man who owns the cube van said he bought it used two weeks ago. He said his mother, who tried to get everyone out of the house, is in the worst condition.
“The truck was on fire first … and then the house and then the wires came down and the wires were sparking,” neighbor Crystal Anderchek said.
“One minute you have a house and the next minute it’s gone.”
The Ontario fire marshal’s office is probing the cause of the two-alarm blaze.
Twelve trucks and 40 firefighters were called in to battle the blaze.