13,000 Residents Return Home After Massive Toronto Propane Fire
A 22-year veteran Toronto firefighter is dead of apparent natural causes after fighting a giant blaze at a propane facility. An employee of the Facility is still missing after the Sunrise Propane Industrial Gas plant went up early Sunday morning.
Up to 13,000 residents in a 1.6 km radius fled from the fires as they burned throughout the morning and emergency services rushed to the scene. They are in the slow process of returning to their homes and electrical power is being returned transformer-by-transformer. Gas power may take weeks to repair.
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Evacuated residents of a 1.6-kilometre swath of northwest Toronto are now allowed back into their homes, emergency management officials said Sunday night. Highways are now being reopened. Full service has been restored on the TTC. Yorkdale Bus Terminal , (not Yorkdale Mall, as previously reported by CP24), has been closed for the day.
Officials say that the power is being turned on in the neighbourhood one transformer at a time, but it could take days for gas service to be restored in all homes.
Up to 13,000 Toronto residents are returning home after they were forced to flee a massive fire at a propane facility. A Toronto firefighter died near the scene of the blaze, and an employee at the plant is missing.
Bob Leek, a 25-year veteran firefighter, was surveying an area close to the fire at Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases when he died.
"Every effort was made to resuscitate him. However we do regret to inform everyone that we did lose one of our members today," Division Chief David Sheen told reporters late Sunday afternoon.