Richmond Hill Condo Fire Extinguished, Fire Marshall On Scene

    Most Residents Allowed to Return to the Building

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - At approximately 4 a.m. today, Town of
Richmond Hill firefighters responded to a fire at a highrise condominium
located at 326 Major Mackenzie Drive, just west of Bayview Avenue.
    Firefighters arrived at the scene of the blaze, which had erupted in a
ground floor unit. Many residents were evacuated and taken to Hillcrest, while
others were protected in place in their individual units.
    Staff from York Regional Police and EMS also responded to the scene.
Those who needed to be evacuated were assisted by York Region Police and
provided with temporary shelter.
    "Initially two residents were taken to hospital, one with serious
injuries and who remains in hospital. The other was treated and released,"
said Deputy Fire Chief Philip Dawson.
    Most residents have been able to return to the building, however, those
who live on the ground floor are still not allowed to return to their units.
    "Most of those who remain unable to return have made other arrangements
for temporary accommodation, but for those who have not, we are working with
the Red Cross to assist them," added the Deputy Chief.
    The Fire Marshall is now on scene conducting an investigation regarding
the cause of the fire.
    Mayor Dave Barrow said, "I am proud of the work of our Fire Department
staff today, as the situation could have been much worse. We are also grateful
to York Regional Police and EMS, whose quick action with evacuation helped
secure the scene."

     This document was produced by Communication Services Division staff,
               Office of the CAO, at the Town of Richmond Hill.

For further information:

For further information: Philip Dawson, Deputy Fire Chief, (905)

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