Residents of 200 Wellesley to get rent break


The residents displaced from 200 Wellesley after a fire broke out on the 24th floor will not have to pay rent to Toronto Community Housing this month.

In the meantime, they are still not allowed to return to the building and officials can't estimate when they will be permitted to do so. Bob O'Hallaran, a division commander with Toronto Fire Service, said the eight hours spent battling the blaze may have damaged the building's electrical system. There is also water damage on the building's lower floors.

According to Ontario Fire Marshal investigator Mike Stewart, the building was up to code in terms of fire safety, although the dated code is a half-century-old. A new provincial law requires buildings built over three stories to have sprinkler systems on each floor. Built in the 1960s, 200 Wellesley did not.


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