Man dead after kitchen fire in Regent Park low-rise building

Emergency crews on scene of a fatal fire at 184 River Street in Regent Park on Sunday. Global News

Toronto Fire Services say a man is dead following a kitchen fire in the city’s Regent Park neighbourhood Sunday morning.

Emergency crews said they received reports of a fire from a passerby in the area of Gerrard and River streets shortly before 9 a.m.

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A spokesperson for Toronto fire said when firefighters arrived on scene, smoke and flames were visible from the third floor of a low-rise building on River Street.

The spokesperson said firefighters made their way into the building, removed one man from a unit and extinguished a fire in the kitchen.

The man was then handed over to paramedics, given CPR and rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital in life-threatening condition.

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He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Authorities have not released the man’s identity or age, but did say that he is “middle-aged.”

There is no word on the exact cause of the fire and roads are closed in the area as authorities investigate.

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