Some residents forced out of a downtown apartment building due to a fire may have to wait three months before they are allowed home.

Hundreds of people living at 200 Wellesley St. E. have not been able to return home due to water and smoke damage caused by the fire late last month.

About 60 percent of the north tower tenants should be allowed back into their units in five weeks, while those living on some floors may have to wait up to three months.

Toronto Community Housing says more than 300 units in the building’s south tower have been given the all clear for tenants to return.

It says displaced residents will get a one-time clothing allowance of between $150 and $300.

They will also not be charged for November’s rent and receive $10 per day for every day they stay with family or friends.

Residents have slowly been allowed to return in the last few weeks.

A block of 24 units on the 23rd and 25th floors of the building’s south tower were cleared for occupancy last week.



Correction - Oct. 18, 2010, 2:17 p.m. EST: A previous version of this story contained incorrect information. The article stated that residents could not return due to structural damage caused by last month's fire. In fact, there is no structural damage to the building. The building has been found to be structurally sound. The reason why tenants in the building's North Tower cannot return home is because of extensive smoke and water damage. It has since been corrected.