Shortly after 1:00pm on Tuesday, a fire broke out at the buildings’ electrical box. The six alarm blaze caused significant damage and displaced more than 1,500 residents at 650 Parliament Street. I would like to start off by thanking the city’s first responders for their efforts in managing and overseeing the displacement of residents at 650 Parliament Street. The Red Cross has been able to equipped the Wellesley Community Centre with food, blankets and mats for children to sleep on last night.
We urge community members if you can and are able to, to donate any non perishable food items, clothing, and household products to the Red Cross of Toronto. The residents have been notified that they may be without their home between four days to up to a month. I have been to the building to survey the damage and have yet to tend to the displaced residents.
Having been homeless at one point in my life, I know that having your home and possessions taken away from you can feel like you have nothing and can take a toll on a person. I am reaching out to my donors and organizations to provide any necessities to help during this trying time, and will provide the information at the community centre. I hope to visit the residents and assist with finding additional services that anyone may need.
If anyone would like information on how they can help can reach Red Cross Toronto at email@example.com