Photo: Courtesy of CTV news. Victims from left to right: Kai Janson, Arija Janson, Jana Janson, Mathew Zdybal, and Amanda Freimanas
Photo: Courtesy of @Toronto_Fire/Twitter
Toronto Fire District Chief Stephan Powell told Toronto Star that one person was seen scrambling out of a window on the second floor of the home when firefighters arrived at the scene.
According to the witnesses reporting on the scene, firefighters had to use hot water to defrost the fire hydrant. Smoke could still be seen coming from the house three hours after the fire first broke out.
According to the reports, three firefighters were hurt with non-life-threatening injuries, with one firefighter falling through the floor. Investigators on the scene have not determined the cause of the blaze.
“This is one of the worst tragedies by fire that I’ve seen in my career, and I can tell you that our team has performed really well. I’ve had the chance now to meet with our senior command team, and many of our firefighters in the scene, and these are tough days. So my admiration to them all,” Toronto Fire Services Chief Mathew Pegg told CP24.
According to the GoFundMe description of the events, five adults and one child were in the house at the time of the incident. Arija, Kai’s mother, jumped from the second-floor bedroom window and was admitted to the ICU. Victims claimed by the fire are Kai, Jana, Amanda and Mathew.
Mathew initially escaped the fire but returned to save Kai.
“He died as a hero as far as I’m concerned,” Mathews’ father, John Zdybal, told CTV news.
Arija Janson has been discharged from the hospital, and has been staying at a friend’s house, a source told INN24 news.
The fundraiser aims to reach its $100,000 goal.
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