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Toddler dies after A/C unit falls from TCHC building's 8th floor

Last Updated Nov 15, 2019 at 3:09 pm EST

A two-year-old child has died after being struck by a falling air conditioning unit at a Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) building in Scarborough.

Emergency crews were called to the scene before 3:30 p.m. at Lawrence Avenue East and Mossbank Drive.

The child suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a trauma centre where she later died.

Toronto Community Housing issued a statement on Tuesday, saying it is “deeply saddened by the death of a child who was fatally injured in a tragic incident at our building at 3847 Lawrence Ave. E. yesterday.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time and we offer them our sincere condolences. TCHC staff are onsite at the building today to assist tenants who require support. We also thank the first responders who took prompt action.

“Toronto Community Housing staff attended at the building yesterday alongside Toronto Police Service to investigate what took place and we continue to review this incident. We will take any appropriate action once the facts are known.”

Police continue to investigate what caused the air conditioning unit to fall from a window on the eighth floor of the building, but at this point no charges will be laid.

“It’s a terrible tragedy,” Const. Caroline de Kloet said. “From the interviews that investigators have done, they’ve come to the conclusion that there won’t be any criminal charges.”

On its website, TCHC states strict rules about the installation of air conditioners.

“You must get written permission from your Operating Unit or Property Management office before you install a window air conditioner. A recognized ​professional must install your air conditioner to meet defined safety regulations and avoid safety hazards. You must provide proof that the air conditioner was installed safely.”