In the early morning hours of September 6, Toronto Fire Services (TFS) was dispatched to 104 Rajah St. for a reported structure fire. TFS arrived to find smoke and flames visible from a second floor window and initial crews encountered smoke throughout the entire building.

TFS evacuated the multi-unit residential building including the rescue of a mother and child with ground ladders from an upper floor. Toronto Paramedics Services transported four of the building’s occupants to hospital as a result of the incident. Estimated property damage is $100,000.

The TFS Fire Investigations Unit has completed its investigation into the origin, cause and circumstances of the fire and determined that it originated in a portable air conditioner. The specific model of this air conditioner is one of three models identified in a product recall alert issued by Health Canada on December 16, 2016.

The hazard identified by Health Canada notes “the portable air conditioners can overheat, posing a fire hazard.” Details of the recall are available here.

TFS encourages all citizens to review this product recall alert carefully and follow the recommendation to “immediately stop using the recalled portable air conditioners.”