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Homicide detectives investigating fatal Scarborough apartment fire

Woman found dead after fire breaks out in Scarborough apartment, homicide unit investigating
WATCH ABOVE: The Toronto Police Homicide Squad is probing the death of a woman at a Scarborough apartment building. A fire broke out in the 18th floor unit she was found in. Catherine McDonald reports.

Global News has learned homicide detectives are investigating after a woman died following a fire at a Scarborough apartment building early Monday.

Toronto Fire Services Chief Matthew Pegg said crews were called to the building on Bay Mills Boulevard, near Warden Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East, shortly after 3 a.m.

Pegg said crews located a fire in a unit on the 18th floor of the building.

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“They made entry into the building and into the suite for both search and rescue and fire suppression operations,” he said.

“Unfortunately, during the course of those search and rescue operations, one occupant was located inside the suite.”

Paramedics said they transported the woman to a trauma centre.

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The victim, who was later identified as Maryna Kudzianiuk, was pronounced dead in hospital. Officials said the fire was deemed suspicious.

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Police sources later told Global News homicide detectives were investigating.

Coun. Jim Karygiannis, who represents the area, said he was told by the building superintendent the victim was not the tenant.

“The only thing I was told is that she doesn’t reside in the building, she was visiting,” he said.

“My condolences to the family and my prayers are with them.”

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No other injuries were reported.

Shortly after 5 a.m., Pegg said most residents were already allowed back into the building and remaining residents were expected to be allowed back in “very shortly.”

“All indications are the building performed very well,” he said.

Emergency crews at the scene of the fire Monday morning.
Emergency crews at the scene of the fire Monday morning. Nick Westoll / Global News

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