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2 dead, 10 injured in Kensington rooming house fire

Two men are dead after a fire in a Kensington Market rooming house.

The fire began above Jang Soo Chon Korean restaurant on St. Andrew Street near Spadina around 2 a.m. on Thursday.

Ten others were treated for smoke inhalation, including two children. One of the children is two years old and the other is approximately four years old.

Most of the people who suffered smoke inhalation were able to walk out of the apartment unassisted but some, including the children, had to be rescued using a ladder.

“We brought, I believe, it was seven people down a ladder from the third floor, and we had people rescued at the back,” district fire chief James Green said.

“It was pretty chaotic.”

Smoke detectors were found inside the unit but it’s not yet known if they were working.

Toronto firefighters say 18 people lived in the rooming house, which Coun. Adam Vaughan said was an illegal one.

TTC buses were brought in to shelter the residents from the cold, while others sought refuge at a synagogue across the street.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.