TORONTO — Two men are dead after a blaze ripped through an illegal rooming house in Kensington Market early Thursday.
Ten others, including two children, escaped the burning building through a third-floor window and were taken down a ladder by firefighters.
“Firefighters then repositioned the ladder to the second-floor and took a hose line through the window. A search of multiple rooms turned up two male victims, unfortunately without vital signs,” Capt. David Eckerman said.
Emergency crews were called to the scene in downtown Toronto just before 2 a.m., and the fire quickly escalated to three alarms. Firefighters had the blaze under control within an hour.
Police tape cordoned off the three-floor, semi-detached building, which has the Jang Soo Chon Korean restaurant on its ground floor.
Several of the second and third floor windows had been smashed, and black scorch marks stained the siding and brick surrounding the frames.
“The rooming house was not licensed,” Tammy Robbinson, a spokesman for the city department responsible for licensing rooming houses, said in an e-mail.