ESA, TFS and MLS inspect Toronto high-rises following electrical fires

Peter Saunders
August 19, 2019
ESA, TFS and MLS inspect Toronto high-rises following electrical fires
Photo courtesy City of Toronto
Aug. 19, 2019 – Following two fires this summer, Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), Toronto Fire Services (TFS) and Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) have initiated comprehensive electrical inspections of aging high-rise apartment buildings.

The fires struck 260 Wellesley Street East in June and 650 Parliament Street (already vacant since an electrical fire in 2018) in July. ESA, TFS and MLS have identified concerns about the reliability and fire risks of the electrical systems not only in these buildings, but also in others with similar designs and equipment (280 Wellesley Street is pictured).

Following up on these concerns, a first round of inspections has begun for the main electrical distribution systems in 14 buildings owned by Parwell Investments and Bleeman Holdings. Each inspection requires electrical power to be completely disconnected for each building for a minimum of 12 hours. Tenants will also have no water or elevator service during the inspections and any necessary repairs.

The buildings’ owners are responsible for notifying residents at least 24 hours in advance and communicating with them throughout any outages.


+2 #2 Robi Hamilton 2019-08-23 18:15
I believe it's time for a new building audit of 1501 Woodbine Ave., with particular attention to electrical, plumbing, fire and roof issues. It took years for serious problems with balconies and underground parking to be addressed, and this build is still not up to code.
+3 #1 Anonymous 2019-08-20 20:45
Since a complete building audit in 2013, we are STILL waiting on court ordered repairs at 1501 Woodbine Ave. (a multi residential apartment building), after the building owners were found guilty in court of not being up to code on numerous safety related issues.
We have serious concerns regarding the safety of our building relating to electrical, plumbing, fire and roof issues as the department of labor has, in the last couple of years, shut work down numerous times during major structural repairs on the balconies and the underground parking lot.
As far as I know the building repairs have never been properly inspected by the city of Toronto.
Please consider doing a story on this particular building as we were the “poster child” for landlord licensing.
According to MLS, we are up to code... we are NOT.
We do NOT feel safe or assured, as the building continues to be plagued with electrical and plumbing problems and a leaking roof. We do not feel safe

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