Mayor John Tory thanking Toronto firefighters for bringing the fire at 650 Parliament under control. Mayor John Tory thanking Toronto firefighters for bringing the fire at 650 Parliament under control.(Photo courtesy of Toronto's Mayor via

More than 1,000 Toronto residents have suddenly found themselves without a home this morning. And you may be able to help.

It is estimated that up to 1,500 people need shelter now, after a 6-alarm blaze broke out at a highrise on Parliament Street, around 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

About 100 firefighters and 26 fire-units were needed to battle the blaze, then go through floor-by-floor to clear smoke and search for anyone in the building. Some building residents had to remain locked in their units, while crews doused the fire, but eventually exited the building under emergency-team supervision.

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Once the blaze was extinguished, fire chief Matthew Pegg said an assessment revealed the hydro systems, elevators and fire protection systems were heavily damaged.

No one can occupy or enter the building until repairs are completed.

Pegg also said two people were taken to hospital by paramedics and treated for minor smoke-related injuries.

There is an emergency shelter set up at the Wellesley Community Centre at 495 Sherbourne St. for the displaced residents. Any resident who needs help is encouraged to register at the centre.

Also, Mayor John Tory is asking Torontonians to help shelter the displaced residents. If you can temporarily house displaced residents, Tory urges you to email

The mayor says the City of Toronto will also use city facilities to help as well, but hopes most of those in need will find shelter with the Good Samaritans of Toronto.

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