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52-year-old man found dead after Toronto apartment fire, homicide investigation launched

Peter Elie is seen in an undated photo.
Peter Elie is seen in an undated photo. Handout / Toronto Police Service

A 52-year-old man has been found dead after a fire in a midtown Toronto apartment building laundry room and police say they’re looking to identify a man as part of a homicide investigation.

Firefighters were called to Balliol Street, near Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue, shortly after 2 a.m. on Thursdayfollowing a call from an alarm company.

When crews arrived, they found smoke coming from the lobby area and the laundry room.

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Firefighters discovered a man, without vital signs, in the laundry room of the building and attempted life-saving measures.

Police said the victim, who was later identified as Peter Elie, had obvious signs of trauma.

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Late Thursday morning, police released a photo of a person of interest described by investigators as last seen wearing a dark jacket with red and black checkered pajamas.

Police warn to not approach the man and call 911. Anyone with information is asked to call officers at 416-808-7400 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

— With files from Nick Westoll

Police release this photo of a person of interest.
Police release this photo of a person of interest. Handout / Toronto Police
Toronto police and firefighters on scene on Balliol Street.
Toronto police and firefighters on scene on Balliol Street. Global News

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