U of T student dead, three injured in house fire
Flames tore through a Scarborough home filled with university students Wednesday, killing one young woman and hospitalizing three other youths â" one of whom was heroically pulled from the burning home.âIt was just instinct,â Loick Masunda said hours after rescuing one of the trapped residents.
He was visiting his girlfriendâs home on Haida Crt., near Ellesmere Rd. and Military Trail, when the blaze erupted around 2:30 a.m. at a house next door with four students from the University of Torontoâs Scarborough campus inside.
Masunda, who also attends U of T, rushed to help and was told by two men who escaped the fire that a woman was trapped in a room at the front of the house.
âI just broke the window and got the girl out,â he said. âShe was burned, she was in pain and shocked. I tried to calm her down and just brought her to the paramedics.â
Toronto Fire says the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
âThe women and men did an outstanding job under very difficult circumstances,â Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop said at the scene. âThey were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other adjacent homes.â
He confirmed three residents were taken to hospital and an 18-year-old woman was found dead inside.
The woman who was rescued through the window remains at a trauma centre.
The two men â" one broke his ankle jumping from a second floor window â" were treated in hospital and later released.< p>Masunda was upset to learn a young woman died.
âItâs really heartbreaking.,â he said.
Michael Kurts, U of T Scarboroughâs director of communications, told reporters the victims were all international students from China.
âThis is obviously a terrible tragedy,â he said.
The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation.
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