The City of Toronto says the residents who were forced out of their apartments by a 5-alarm fire and have been staying at an emergency shelter will now be relocated to hotels in the city.
The fire started on the eighth floor of an apartment building on Gosford Boulevard in North York on Nov. 15, displacing approximately 700 people.
Most of those residents have found other places to stay — whether with family, friends or have moved out; however about 30 residents were still being housed at the Tait McKenzie Centre at York University as of Friday.
A 14-day period during which the City provides support for displaced residents ends Friday; it is also the last day that York University is able to allow the use of their athletics facility, according to a statement on the city’s website.
“The City of Toronto has been advised by the owner and property management of 235 Gosford Blvd. that RonKay Management Inc. has secured alternative emergency accommodations for residents who were staying at the emergency reception centre,” the statement continued.
A City spokesperson said those not staying at the Tait McKenzie shelter will need to register with the Canadian Red Cross and connect with the landlord if accommodation is required.
The city also said relocation will be occurring through the day on Friday.
“The City of Toronto is committed to providing emergency support to impacted residents, particularly the most vulnerable residents,” the statement said.
The fire at Gosford killed one person and injured six others. Officials said fixing the structural damage done to the building due to the fire could take months.
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