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Firefighters troubled by heat and humidity


Two Toronto homeowners are rebuilding after their downtown residences erupted in a four-alarm blaze. The weather’s stifling heat and humidity made it difficult for firefighters to battle flames that broke out around noon.

Captain Don Marsden says the blaze is mainly out but firefighters are still searching for spot fires.

He says the fire most likely started when roofers doing renovations on one of the houses went for lunch.

He says the heat and humidity caused firefighters to call for extra help because they need to trade off often.

One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

“The conditions here were extraordinary,” Marsden said, comparing the suits firefighters must wear to “snowmobile suits.”

“It’s very very hot and humid today.”

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