No injuries reported after partial house collapse in Scarborough
Firefighters are shown at the scene of the partial collapse of a home in Scarborough on Saturday morning.
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:19PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 23, 2019 1:43PM EST
Members of a Scarborough family are shaken but unharmed after their house partially collapsed on Saturday morning.
It happened at a residence on Harding Boulevard in the Kingston and Birchmount roads area at around 11:15 a.m.
Homeowner Rick Saye tells CP24 that he was about to get a shower when he heard some loud cracking.
He says that he then heard his son calling out for him and ran downstairs.
“I heard some cracking upstairs and then I heard my son downstairs and he yelled for me. I came down and then we just heard things start to move. Nothing had really fallen at that point, just cracks on the walls,” he said.
Saye said that about 45 minutes after he and the rest of his family got of the house, the brick exterior on its north side collapsed.
The cause of the collapse is not clear but Saye said that one city officials told him that it appears as though the foundation partially “gave way.”
“I am just glad that we were up and able to get out before anything happened,” he said. “My son was crying about it. He said I want to live here. I am sure we still will but when I don’t know.”
First floor has completely collapsed
According to Toronto Fire Captain Geoff Boisseau, the first floor of the home has completely collapsed leaving the second floor “exposed and unsupported.”
He said that firefighters have ordered the evacuation of a number of nearby homes as a precaution and are awaiting the arrival of an engineer before they do anything else.
“We want to see what the structural integrity is of the building before we do anything,” he said.
A shelter bus has been brought in for displaced residents.