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North York fire sends one man to hospital with life-threatening injuries

Last Updated Oct 18, 2019 at 9:40 pm EST

York Mills Road and Victoria Park fire. CITYNEWS

One man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after an apartment fire in North York.

Emergency crews were called to the fifth floor of a seven storey high-rise on York Mills Road near Victoria Park around 5:45 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Firefighters say one person was rescued from the balcony of the unit where the three-alarm fire is believed to have originated.

Paramedics transported the man to a trauma centre in life-threatening condition. A second person was treated on the scene for minor smoke inhalation.

The Ontario Fire Marshals Office has been called in to investigate.

“We really don’t know anything at this point,” said Chief Matthew Pegg. “Given the circumstances and the significance of the injury, by protocol we notified the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal. There will be a comprehensive investigation into both the origin and cause, determining where the fire started as well as the circumstances that contributed to the fire.”

Chief Pegg said most of the damage from the fire was limited to the fifth floor suite. Some smoke migration into the rest of the building as a result of firefighters having to enter the suite to fight the fire, however, residents in other suites who were evacuated have been allowed to return home.