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Man dies after fire breaks out at North York seniors’ home

Emergency crews on scene of a fatal fire on Yonge Street near Finch Avenue on Oct. 29, 2018./COURTESY

One person is dead after a fire broke out at a seniors’ residence on Yonge Street in North York overnight.

Emergency crews were called to the scene just south of Finch Avenue around 2:30 a.m. on Monday.

Officials said the fire broke out in an apartment unit on the 10th floor of the Toronto Community Housing building.

An 80-year-old man was found without vital signs. CPR was performed at the scene and the man was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

Toronto police confirmed a short time later that the man had been pronounced dead.

Toronto Fire said the fire appears to have started in the bedroom. A smoke detector was found melted on the floor of the unit with its battery removed.

An investigator from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office will be attending the scene to investigate.

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