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1 dead, 1 injured after house fire near Bathurst and Richmond

Last Updated Mar 4, 2019 at 6:28 pm EDT

One person is dead and another person is in hospital with serious injuries after a fire broke out in the basement of a home on Bathurst Street.

Emergency crews were called to the scene just south of Richmond Street around 5:30 a.m. Monday.

“Shortly after our crews arrived here this morning they made entry into the building on a primary search, they did locate two occupants in the building,” Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg explained.

“They have been removed and transferred to the care of paramedics.”

Police said one of the people pulled from the home, a man, was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. He later died of his injuries.

Paramedics said a third person was assessed at the scene. There has been no word on if the injuries to all three are burns or smoke inhalation.

Crews continue to try to get the fire under control; however, it has now been upgraded to a five-alarm fire and has spread to a neighbouring building.

Pegg said the fire is advancing “very quickly.”

“We’re dealing with a very, very high level of both fire and smoke and we’re having a really difficult time controlling the spread of the fire across the adjoining buildings,” he said.

Fire crews had been working on the roof to cut ventilation holes but have since been ordered down due to safety concerns.

Pegg said due to the heavy volume of smoke, he’s advising people not to come to the area if they don’t have to and those living in the neighbourhood are being told to keep their doors and windows closed.

Extensive damage to a Bathurst Street home that caught fire on Monday, March 4, 2019. 680 NEWS/Momin Qureshi
Firefighters continue to battle a blaze at a home near Bathurst and Richmond streets on March 4, 2019. CITYNEWS
Smoke billowing from a Bathurst house fire that sent two people to hospital, March 4, 2019. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy