A two-alarm fire in the west end claimed the life of one man in his early 40s and left another clinging to life in hospital.

The fire broke out in a rooming house on 22nd Street, near Lakeshore Boulevard in south Etobicoke, just after 5 a.m. It took firefighters around an hour to extinguish the heavy flames that were bursting out of the roof and south side of the home.

The home was quickly evacuated and most of 15 people who lived there were put on a TTC bus for shelter.

Firefighters rescued a 62-year-old man from a second-storey kitchen, said fire Chief Bill Stewart. The man wasn’t breathing but emergency crews were able to revive him. He is now on life support.

Two other people from the home, a 29-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man, were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

Hours later, when the fire was knocked down, emergency officials found the body of a man in one of the rear rooms.

One of the 15 residents is still unaccounted for but believed to be have been at work or at someone’s house during the fire.

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