A number of homes and schools in Toronto’s Eglinton West area are being evacuated as crews work to stamp out a raging six-alarm fire that continues to tear through a school in the city’s west end.
“Our principal focus now in collaboration with the police is making sure that we’re implementing the necessary evacuations out of an abundance of caution to keep people safe,” Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said.
Homes on the south side of Eglinton Avenue are being evacuated between Trethewey Drive and Bicknell Avenue due to heavy smoke from the fire. Firefighters are going door-to-door to inform people of the evacuation.
Pegg advised anyone in the path of the smoke to move to another area. TTC buses have been brought into the area to shelter people who need to leave their homes.
Several schools in the area – including George Harvey CI, Silverthorn CS and Keelsedale JPS – are also being evacuated.
The TDSB has said that classes at George Harvey CI have been cancelled for the day while students at Silverthorn CS and Keelsedale JPS are being relocated to Oakwood CI by TTC buses.