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Police rescue occupants in Markham residential fire

One officer taken to hospital, three others treated for smoke inhalation
File photo. Kenneth Armstrong/Village Media

Investigators with the York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, along with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, are investigating a fire at a residence in the City of Markham.

On Thursday, July 2, 2020 at approximately 2:20 a.m., York Regional Police, along with York Region Paramedic Services and Markham Fire and Emergency Services, were called to a residence on Colborne Street for a report of a fire. A concerned neighbour saw flames coming from the house and relayed to the call taker there were people in the home with physical disabilities.

Officers quickly arrived at the scene and found the home fully engulfed in flames and the occupants were still inside. Officers rushed inside the burning building and located four people and the family dog still inside the home. They carried two people in wheelchairs out of the home and ensured the home was fully evacuated.

The four occupants of the home were all taken to hospital but fortunately at this time, everyone is expected to recover.

One officer was taken to hospital and three other officers were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. The fire is not considered to be suspicious at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7241, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online.