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Tenants still in limbo after fire

Teresita Bagorio and her two daughters, ages 6 and 7, anxiously awaited word yesterday on whether or not they could return to their home.

Teresita Bagorio and her two daughters, ages 6 and 7, anxiously awaited word yesterday on whether or not they could return to their home.

Bagorio is one of hundreds of residents forced out of a 30-storey apartment building at 200 Wellesley St. E. late Friday afternoon after a six-alarm fire broke out on the 24th floor.

Bagorio, who lives on the 19th floor, had gone to pick up her kids at daycare after work and wasn’t in the building when the fire started.

On Friday she came home with her kids to find fire trucks and police blocking entrance to the building as flames and black smoke shot out of the 24th-floor balcony.

Her children were crying at the sight of the fire and asking where they were going to live, she said. She tried to settle them, but they just kept crying. The family stayed with friends over the weekend.

Bagorio and her girls returned to the building yesterday hoping they could get inside. But they have not been updated on the status of a building inspection, or the earliest they can possibly return home.

Investigators from the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office continued to comb through the building, trying to determine if it is safe for occupancy and what triggered the fire. There are close to 711 units to inspect as well as the building’s infrastructure. It may be months before investigators are able to say what caused the fire.

The City of Toronto has set up a bank account for donations for residents. The donation is tax deductible and can be dropped off to city staff at the Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St., or mailed to the Toronto Office of Partnerships at Metro Hall.

Gift cards for grocery, department stores and drug stores are also being accepted. Donations of cheques, gift cards and clothing are being accepted at 519 Church St.

 
 
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