2 Dead and 10 People Rescued from Fire in Toronto

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Two men are dead after a fire broke out at a rooming house in Kensington Market early Thursday morning, Toronto police say.

Twelve people, including children, were rescued from the three-storey building when emergency personnel arrived at the chaotic scene on St. Andrew Street, west of Spadina Avenue, at about 2 a.m.

Some of the occupants were trapped on the upper floors and they had to be rescued with a ladder.

Police officers rescued a woman and a child before fire crews arrived, a fire official told CP24.

Toronto EMS spokeswoman Kim McKinnon said paramedics transported 12 people to different hospitals.

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The two men were pronounced dead and the others were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries related to smoke inhalation, McKinnon said.

Fire officials said it appears the three-alarm blaze began on the second floor and then spread to other parts of the three-storey building as the residents were asleep.

The building has restaurants on the ground floor and a cluster of small apartments on the upper floors. The apartments all share a common kitchen and bathroom, a fire official said.

The building is equipped with smoke detectors but investigators have not confirmed whether they were functioning.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

March has been a deadly month for fires in Toronto.

Three people died after a fire broke out in an apartment above a vacant store on Dovercourt Road, near Dupont Street, on March 7.

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