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4-alarm fire breaks out at Toronto highrise building

WATCH ABOVE: An investigation has begun into a fire at a 29-storey Toronto Community Housing building. Shallima Maharaj reports.

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.

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.

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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