March 2, 2017 9:13 am
Updated: March 2, 2017 8:00 pm

Leslieville house nearly toppled over by high winds ordered to be torn down

WATCH ABOVE: Toronto Fire officials said a city inspector and engineer are attempting to determine if the home can be fixed or has to be torn down.


A house under construction in Leslieville has been ordered to be torn down after high winds caused it to sway Wednesday night.

Emergency crews arrived on scene around 9:30 p.m. at a residence on Leslie Street just south of Queen Street East. Toronto police said they received reports the home under construction was swaying back and forth.

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City of Toronto spokesman Bruce Hawkins told Global News Thursday the property owner has been ordered to bring in an engineer “to evaluate and propose a remedy to the unsafe building.”

“The house under construction at 63 Leslie will be demolished,” he said, adding orders relating to occupancy and potential damage were issued to three adjacent properties.

“Until the demolition progresses to a point that the on-site engineer can determine that it is safe for their return, they cannot re-enter their homes. It is expected this will be done today.”

WATCH: Leslieville home to be demolished after high winds caused it to sway. Lama Nicolas reports. (March 2)

Parts of the Greater Toronto Area experienced wind gusts of between 60 to 80 km/h Wednesday evening.

Fire crews were called in as a precaution and a contractor arrived to assess the building.

No injuries were reported and police remain on scene to secure the area.

With files from Lama Nicolas

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