Crews continue working to restore power at Toronto City Hall

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro crews have been working through the night to complete electrical repairs and restore power to Toronto City Hall, which remains closed this morning, after a fire in a hydro vault in the building's basement yesterday. Toronto Hydro anticipates that power will be restored and the building may reopen between 10 a.m. and noon today.

Members of the public are advised to call 311 and to check media reports for updates before heading to City Hall to visit or conduct business. The City apologizes for any service disruptions or delays and thanks the public for their patience.

City staff and others who work in the City Hall building are advised to contact their supervisor or manager about alternate work locations for this morning and for updated information. The Hester How Daycare in the building is closed and parents are asked to make other arrangements for their children. The Toronto parking Authority parking lot, adjacent to City Hall, remains open and is not affected by the power outage.

The electrical fire, which was quickly brought under control by Toronto Fire Services, resulted in the early closure of the building and the evacuation of approximately 1500 staff and others. Two staff working in the electrical room were treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

SOURCE: City of Toronto

For further information:

Media contact;  Wynna Brown, Strategic Communications, 416-919-6503, wbrown1@toronto.ca


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