1 dead in apartment fire in Toronto's west end

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A man has died after an apartment fire near Queen Street West and Dunn Avenue on Aug. 2. Toronto Fire Services say they don't know what caused the fire. (CBC - image credit)
A man has died after an apartment fire near Queen Street West and Dunn Avenue on Aug. 2. Toronto Fire Services say they don't know what caused the fire. (CBC - image credit)

A man has died after a fire in an apartment in Toronto's west end on Monday afternoon, police say.

Toronto police say they received a report of dark smoke coming from the 20th floor of an apartment building just before 3 p.m. near Dunn Avenue and Queen Street West.

Tony Bavota, acting fire chief for Toronto Fire Services, told reporters that fire crews were able to gain access to the apartment unit on the 20th floor and extinguish the fire. In doing so, they found the sole occupant inside the unit, he said.

"They were able to remove the occupant," he said. "Unfortunately, I have to report today that that person succumbed to their injuries as a result of this fire."

Bavota said the occupant was a man but did not know his age.

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Since that time, crews have cleared smoke from that floor to allow the other residents in the building to return to their apartments, he said. The fire was mostly contained to the one unit.

Bavota said fire services do not know what caused the fire but an investigation has been launched.

Police had closed Dunn Avenue from Queen Street West to King Street West but the road has since been reopened.

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