Firefighters fight house fire with 3 alarms in the west of the city

No injuries were reported after a three-alarm fire swept through a home Monday night and spread to adjacent homes in west Toronto.

The fire broke out in the Emerson Avenue and Dupont Street area around 7:30 p.m.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and found black smoke billowing from a home, which eventually went up in flames.

A woman who lives in the house next door said she was cooking when someone knocked on her door and told her to get out of the house.

“My girls were doing homework in the room. Someone started banging on my door and ringing the bell like crazy. I yelled at one of my girls to open the door. She opened the door and all I heard was someone saying ‘go away – there’s a fire’.”

The woman, who did not wish to be identified, said the house that went up in flames was vacant while a new owner was renovating.

She said she grabbed her kids and dogs and ran out of the house.

“We’ve been standing here watching our house burn,” she said.

She added that she has been told that “the entire roof in the back half of my house is completely gone”.

No injuries have been reported so far.

The fire appears to have started on the third floor where a floor was being laid, but the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said conditions for firefighters were challenging, with a special weather statement due to the high temperatures in the city.

“An extremely challenging day for our @Toronto_Fire crews,” Pegg said in a tweet. “Handling 3 major fires at once – a 3rd alarm fire on Emerson plus two 2nd alarm fires – Halsey Ave and Gerrard St East – further challenges our crews to operate safely in high outdoor temperatures.”

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