Firefighters kept busy overnight

Toronto Firefighters Dave Harrison, Paul Stewart, and Al Harris, all from fire station 225, work franticly to revive a cat at the scene of a fire on Kingston Road near Midland Avenue on June 8. PHOTO: Phil Lameira / Beach Metro Community News

Toronto Fire Services had to be everywhere in the early hours of June 9 after a storm ripped through the East End of the city.

Aside from the countless calls for trees and wires down, TFS also had to deal with a number vehicle crashes due to power outages affecting traffic signals in major intersections.

Around 12:30 a.m. on June 9, they were dealing with such a crash at the intersection of Kingston Road and Midland Avenue when a 911 call was placed to emergency services indicating there was heavy smoke coming from a unit at 2478 Kingston Rd., the site of JJJ Jerk Restaurant.

It took no time for the crew at the crash to get to the scene as it was only a few doors down the street. There they found smoke pouring out of the windows and roof latches.

One firefighter knocked down a door to the unit next door after hearing banging.

As the other fire apparatus began to arrive, police ensured that everyone was out of the units and that no one was trapped inside.

Two cats were left in a second floor apartment. One of the felines managed to escape through a front window and was later rescued by the fire crews. A second cat was found during a secondary search with no vital signs. Three firefighters attempted to revive the cat but were unable to do so.

Damage is estimated to be in the tens of thousands.

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