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Two die in early-morning Parkdale blaze

A third person managed to escape the home

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A Tuesday morning blaze in Parkdale claimed the lives of two people while a third escaped the fire.

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Flames were detected around 3:30 a.m. inside a three-storey century home on Wilson Park Rd. and the incident turned into a two-alarm blaze.

Ellen Long, out for a morning walk with her dog Thor, said it was a sad day for the neighbourhood and the people involved.

“It’s pretty sad,” said Long. “Obviously I care a lot about what has happened here. These are my neighbours.”

Gasping a bit for words, she watched as the firefighters performed clean up and recovery work.

“I feel very grateful for the fire department and the work they do they risk life and limb.”

Steven Wilson, a Toronto Fire division chief, said on scene that the fire was a tragic one.

“Our arriving crews discovered a victim inside who is now deceased,” said Wilson, “We’ve continued to suppress this fire.”

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An aerial crew atop a ladder used a thermal imaging gun to locate further hot spots in the structure.

The first victim who died was a woman in her 50s, Wilson said.

Then around 10 a.m., a second body was found inside the home, but Wilson said they were unable to immediately recover the victim since the “structural integrity of the home” had been severely damaged by the fire.

The third person who escaped the fire was working with Fire and Toronto Police to provide information on what might have caused the blaze.

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Wilson would not say where the second victim was located or the gender.

Heavy machinery, engineers and the Ontario Fire Marshal were on hand to assist in the recovery and investigation.

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