Latest fire at 650 Parliament was caused by burner that was left on during evacuation
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Friday, July 12, 2019 12:49PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 12, 2019 10:15PM EDT
Investigators have determined the cause of the latest fire to break out at 650 Parliament Street.
The blaze began inside a 15th floor unit on Wednesday morning as crews were testing the building’s electrical system.
According to Toronto Fire Services, investigators have since determined that the fire was caused by the ignition of some combustible materials that were left on a stovetop burner inside the unit.
They say that the burner was left in the on position following the building’s evacuation for a massive six-alarm fire last August.
The material on the burner then caught fire on Wednesday morning during the re-energizing and testing of the electrical system by a third-party contractor, Toronto Fire Services says.
The fire was contained to the originating unit, however crews previously said that the damage inside that unit was substantial.
“The City of Toronto and Toronto Fire Services continues to work in partnership with the Electrical Safety Authority and the building’s landlord to ensure electrical safety,” a press release issued on Friday reads. “The ESA will conduct inspections of any electrical work in the building, as requested, to ensure compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.”
Residents of 650 Parliament were initially told that they would be able to move back into their units in early 2019, however the timeline for the return of residents has since been pushed back multiple times.
In the most recent update in March, the building management company told residents that they wouldn’t be able to return until the fall at the earliest.