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1 killed in Regent Park fire

Last Updated Apr 21, 2019 at 7:31 pm EDT

One man has life-threatening injuries after a one-alarm fire in Regent Park on April 21, 2019. CITYNEWS/Douglas Boyd

One man has died of his injuries after a one-alarm fire at low-rise building in Regent Park.

Fire crews were called to River and Gerrard Streets just before 9 a.m.

When they arrived, crews were able to contain the smoke and flames to just one of the apartment units.

CPR was performed on the man who was recovered from the building and he was transported to hospital, where he later died.

The victim was the sole occupant of the unit.

A spokesman for the Ontario Fire Mashal’s Office says a preliminary investigation suggests the deadly fire was accidental.

Jeff Tebby says investigators have narrowed the origin of the fire to a small area near the apartment’s kitchen. Tebby adds the investigation is ongoing.

Toronto Community Housing tells CityNews that the building’s fire alarm system did go off at the time of the fire.

In a statement posted on their website, TCHC says they are cooperating with the investigation and supporting tenants.

“Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the deceased, the tenants and staff of the building, and the Regent Park community at this difficult time. Staff are in the community today to support tenants and assist with the response to the fire.”

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report