Firefighter critically injured while battling blaze at Etobicoke townhouse

A firefighter was critically injured while responding to a five-alarm blaze at a townhouse in Etobicoke on Thursday evening. The fire has since spread north to an adjoining roof.

Toronto fire said they got the call around 6:20 p.m. about a fire at Lakeshore Boulevard and Palace Pier Court. Though crews brought the fire under control, paramedics at the scene did CPR on a firefighter who collapsed. "They did a fantastic job suppressing this fire, dealing with this type of situation, dealing with an injury to one of their own". "Dealing with this kind of incident is hard at any point in time, doing that now knowing that we suffered an injury to one of our own is extremely hard". Toronto Fire Services won't provide further updates on the firefighter's condition until Pegg has spoken with the family.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and the Ontario Ministry of Labour will be notified, Eckerman said.

"We have gotten in front of the fire and we're going unit-to-unit doing searches and extinguishing the fire as we go", Eckerman said.

Pegg told reporters at the scene that crew would continue to do "overhaul and containment", and would be on scene for "quite some time".

Paramedics said no other injuries were reported at the fire.

Roads are also closed in the area.

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