Statement from Toronto Community Housing on the Fatal Fire at 303 Grandravine Drive, Saturday, December 22, 2007

    TORONTO, Dec. 22 /CNW/ - Toronto Community Housing is deeply saddened
with the tragic death of three lives today, including two young children, as a
result of a house fire in the early hours this morning. Our deepest
condolences are expressed to the family and friends impacted by this tragedy.
Toronto Community Housing is in contact with the family and is ensuring that
they have the supports that they require.
    Toronto Fire Services were very quick to respond to the scene and the
Fire Marshall has begun the investigation into the cause. Toronto Community
Housing is working closely with the Fire Marshall's Office, providing them
with all necessary information.
    Until the Fire Marshall's Office completes their investigation, the cause
of the fire is unknown.
    Toronto Community Housing takes fire safety very seriously by ensuring
that all safety systems are fully functioning. In this particular case, the
unit had hardwired smoke alarms on the first and second floor with a failsafe
provision to alert Toronto Community Housing to malfunctions or tampering.
    Toronto Community Housing inspects all of its housing units annually. For
this unit, the most recent inspection identifies that the fire alarm equipment
was in working order. Toronto Community Housing tracks all requests for
service through a comprehensive computerized system.
    In situations like this, rumours or misinformation can circulate. Toronto
Community Housing did not receive any service requests related to fire alarms
at this unit.
    Toronto Community Housing continues to comply with the current Fire
Safety Code, including the additional requirement for detection equipment in
basement level units.
    Toronto Community Housing staff are on site.

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