Blaze destroys townhomes near Dupont, Dundas



Iver Pinkett shook his head in disbelief. Some of his neighbours simply cried.


Residents in a tight-knit neighbourhood near Dupont and Dundas streets stood outside a cordoned-off row of burnt homes yesterday surveying the damage to the 80-year-old townhomes. They spent a cold afternoon trying to salvage what little was left in them.


Investigators sifted through the charred remains of one gutted home on Franklin Avenue, where the fire is believed to have started. Engineers and investigators were trying to determine what caused the fire in the first-floor bedroom of that house, said Jim Fisher, an Ontario Fire Marshal supervisor.

“The investigation is still going on,” he said at the scene yesterday. “We can’t confirm how it began yet.”

They are also trying to determine why the smoke alarm in the house didn’t go off, he said. Residents said alarms in adjacent houses, however, could be heard long after the fire had been extinguished.

spread through attic

  • It took approximately 100 firefighters to contain the four-alarm blaze, which spread through the attic shared by six townhomes.