The City of Toronto has opened a bank account to help tenants of the Kingston Road apartment building replace the furniture, clothing and other goods they lost to a fire on Jan. 25.
The blaze displaced several families in the 12-unit lowrise at 1475 Kingston Rd. in the Birch Cliff neighbourhood.
None of those families had apartment insurance, Gary Crawford, the local city councillor, said in a release.
“My heart goes out to them and I can only imagine the amount of physical and emotional stress they had to endure as a result of the fire,” he said.
The account will collect donations, which Crawford said will be shared among those affected but held until they are able to relocate.
Cheques or money orders payable to “City of Toronto - 1457 Kingston Road Fire” can be sent to the Toronto Office of Partnerships, c/o Birchcliff Apartment Fire, 55 John Street, Main Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6.
Tax receipts, if requested, can be issued by the city for donations which include the donor’s full name and address.
Crawford said building permits are already in place to restore the building’s damaged units, and city employees continue to assist everyone displaced by the fire.