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Death of woman found in burning apartment eyed as suspicious

Death of woman found in burning apartment eyed as suspicious

Toronto Sun January 13, 2020 Kevin Connor

Toronto homicide detectives are monitoring the suspicious death of a woman following a Scarborough highrise fire Monday morning.

Police were called to 25 Bay Mills Blvd., in the Sheppard Ave. E. and Warden Ave. area, just after 3:30 a.m.

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The two-alarm fire was contained to an 18th-floor unit.

“A woman was taken to hospital and pronounced deceased,” Toronto Police Const. Victor Kwong. “Investigators are treating this as a suspicious death fire. Homicide is monitoring, not investigating.”

Kwong said the case is suspicious because it isn’t a situation where there was something like a smoking-in-bed scenario.

There was no immediate information on the woman’s identity. There are no suspects.

Fire Capt. David Eckerman said nine trucks responded to the call and the unit was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

“Our primary search found a person inside and they were transported to awaiting paramedics,” he said.

Occupants of the building have been allowed to return to their units, except those on the 18th floor where the fire started as there is still a fire watch in place.

The Office of the Fire Marshal has been notified.

Councillor Jim Karygiannis, who represents the ward where the fire took place, attended the scene.

“My condolences to all the folks related to this woman who passed,” he said. “I just thank God it wasn’t a more major fire.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.