An acting Toronto district fire chief rushed to hospital while crews were fighting a four-alarm blaze at an Etobicoke townhouse on Thursday night is “stable, conscious and talking,” officials say.
Andrew Galicam, who is a 31-year Toronto Fire Services veteran, suffered “a medical event at the scene not related to any traumatic occurrence involved with the actual fighting of the fire,” Capt. David Eckerman said Friday.
A total of 29 fire trucks were on scene of the blaze on Lake Shore Blvd. W. at Palace Pier Court around 6:30 p.m. when Galica collapsed.
“He was treated by firefighters, transferred to paramedics, who then made an emergency run to (St. Joseph’s) hospital, where he was met by two district chiefs, two deputy chiefs and the fire chief himself (Matthew Pegg) as well as his wife.”
Eckerman said any further information about what caused Galica to be taken to hospital is private.
The cause of the extensive fire — which displaced 19 people from eight townhouses — is still under investigation, but Eckerman said when firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were visible on the third-floor balcony of one suite.
“That’s not to say that it started there, that’s just to say that was our initial observation,” he said. “The fire got up to the roof in the attic, it travelled across that. How many units of the eight that were in that complex were affected, I can’t really say.”