03/20/2014 06:01 EDT | Updated 05/20/2014 05:59 EDT

Kensington Market Fire: 2 Dead, 10 Rescued From Crowded Building

Two people are confirmed dead after a fire inside a crowded building in Toronto's Kensington Market early Thursday.

Altogether, police and firefighters pulled 12 people from the building.

Police from 14 Division responded to a call about smoke in a building on St. Andrew Street. Police rescued a woman and a child before Toronto Fire Services arrived.

Firefighters rescued 10 more individuals living in the multi-storey building , including two without vital signs. Among those rescued were children.

The building has mostly small, single-occupancy rooms. The third floor is a larger apartment occupied by a family with two children.

When Toronto police arrived, they believed only one person was in the building, but discovered many more upon entering. Officials repeatedly made trips into the building until everyone was brought to safety.