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Firefighters praised for response

Toronto firefighters have put out what could have been a disastrous fire, after a three-alarm blaze broke out at a century-old home in Kensington market Thursday afternoon.

Fifteen fire trucks and nearly 60 firefighters were on the scene at 47 Oxford St. near Spadina Avenue where the fire started in the attic of the semi-detached home at lunchtime.

“The fire had potential to be really big, but the firefighters brought it under control, and prevented it from causing a lot more damage,” said Capt. Mike Strapko.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

Eight residents were evacuated from the semi-detached house, including the two who lived in the home where the fire started.

It’s unclear at this point whether the residents of the house will be allowed back in anytime soon.

“The fire went through the roof. It has to be covered up, because it’s supposed to be raining all night,” said Strapko.

Despite the chaotic scene on Oxford, Strapko commended the quick-response of the firefighters.

“They actually saved two homes.”

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