Cause still unknown in Pickering blaze
Toronto Star

The cause of a fire that severely damaged four townhouse units in Pickering still hasn't been determined.

The blaze began just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at 1580 Kingston Rd.

Fire Chief John Hagg said the fire began in one unit and then spread to two other units after reaching the attic.

The four units are uninhabitable.

Steve Fowlds, the chief fire prevention officer for Pickering Fire Services, said the cause is “undetermined.”

The Pickering service is investigating the cause with consultation from the office of the fire marshal, Fowlds added.

A “preliminary estimate” pegs the damage at about $2 million, he added.

The blaze is another reminder of the “importance of having a home evacuation plan and to practice, and to have working smoke alarms,” Fowlds noted.

Paul Chisholm, the chief operating officer for Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation, the owners of the building, said it's “too early to say” if the homes could be rebuilt.

The corporation will enlist the help of an engineer to see if the building is salvageable, Chisholm added.

The development was built in 1990.

There were no injuries to the public or firefighters.

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