Netizen 24 CAN: U of T student dead, three injured in house fire

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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.“It was just instinct,” Loick Masunda said hours after rescuing one of the trapped residents.

He was visiting his girlfriend’s 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 Toronto’s 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.

“I just broke the window and got the girl out,” he said. “She was burned, she was in pain and shocked. I tried to calm her down and just brought her to the paramedics.”

Toronto Fire says the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

“The women and men did an outstanding job under very difficult circumstances,” Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop said at the scene. “They were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other adjacent homes.”

U of T student Loick Masunda was visiting his girlfriend next door when he smashed a window to help a woman escape a burning house on Haida Ct. shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Chris Doucette/Toronto Sun

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.

“It’s really heartbreaking.,” he said.

Michael Kurts, U of T Scarborough’s director of communications, told reporters the victims were all international students from China.

“This is obviously a terrible tragedy,” he said.

The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation.

cdoucette@postmedia.com

Source: Google News

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