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4-alarm fire breaks out at Toronto highrise building

Click to play video 'Firefighters battle fire at St. James Town community housing building' Firefighters battle fire at St. James Town community housing building
WATCH ABOVE: An investigation has begun into a fire at a 29-storey Toronto Community Housing building. Shallima Maharaj reports. – Nov 8, 2019

Toronto Fire Services says a fire broke out at a highrise apartment building in the city’s downtown area on Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to Wellesley Street East, near Sherbourne Street, at 8:50 a.m. for reports of a residential building on fire.

When crews arrived, the fire was coming from the ninth floor with heavy smoke in the hallways, officials said.

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Fire officials said the heavy smoke migrated around the complex, and as a result, multiple people have been assessed for smoke inhalation.

Toronto paramedics said seven patients were taken to hospital, including one with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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Fire officials said that as of 10:45 a.m., the fire is almost out. Crews are looking out for hot spots and ventilating the 29-storey building.

A photo from the 9th floor where the fire and smoke was seen coming from.
A photo from the 9th floor where the fire and smoke was seen coming from. Shallima Maharaj / Global News