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1 dead in 2-alarm fire on Gerrard Street

03/16/2015 08:55 EDT | Updated 05/16/2015 05:59 EDT
One person is dead after a two-alarm fire broke out in the Gerrard Street East and Greenwood Avenue area on Monday night.

Emergency responders were called to the scene just after 8 p.m. Fourteen fire trucks and 55 firefighters were part of the response.

As of 9 p.m., the Toronto Fire Service reported that the fire had been knocked down.

Capt. Mike Strapko told CBC News in a telephone interview that a deceased person had been found in the basement.

Strapko said the fire marshal is being called to the scene.

There is no immediate word on the cause of the fire.

Initial reports suggested that the fire was believed to have started in the basement.

Police say that Gerrard Street is currently closed between Hiawtha Road and Greenwood Avenue.

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