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Dog alerts owner to 2-alarm fire at Ulster and Bathurst

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

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A dog is being credited for waking its owner when a two-alarm fire broke out on Ulster Street, just east of Bathurst Street, on Monday morning.

Lee said she heard her dog whimpering as he does when it’s raining, but the sound Lee and her dog were hearing wasn’t rain.

“I opened my eyes and my whole apartment was glowing yellow. And then I looked out the sliding door and the flames were licking the deck,” Lee said.

“I grabbed my dog, put my coat on, and ran out the house.”ulster-fire-dog

The fire broke out just before 5:30 a.m. in a two-car garage and spread to a nearby house. It was knocked down by 6:30 a.m., Toronto Fire platoon chief Colin Reid said.

The exact cause of the fire is not yet known. The garage appeared to be empty at the time the blaze broke out.

Bathurst was closed in both directions.

St. Clair streetcars were unable to start regular service. Shuttle buses are running. Also, the 511 Bathurst streetcar is diverting both ways via Dundas.

All the occupants of the house were able to escape without any help from fire crews, Reid said.

Three people were treated on scene by paramedics.

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