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UPDATE: 1 man dead as Vaughan firefighters subdue Woodbridge house fire

Blaze broke out around noon, woman rescued, treated by paramedics at scene
June 17, 2021
John Cudmore

One person has been pronounced dead in hospital after fire ripped through a house at 21 James St., Woodbridge, on June 16.

The blaze in the detached residence started around noon in the area of Kipling and Woodbine avenues, according to Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services Acting Chief Mike Doyle.

The deceased is a 92-year-old man who is believed to have been a resident of the home. Firefighters located him on the second storey of the home, Doyle said.

There were heavy flames on our arrival and entry into very dangerous conditions to try to rescue an adult male," Doyle said, shortly after 2:30 p.m.

It is "far too early" to determine the cause of the fire, Doyle said, noting there are several criteria the Ontario Fire Marshal's office will be investigating.

A woman, believed to be the man's wife, was rescued from the fire and treated on the scene by York paramedics.

"We are performing overhaul and looking for hotspots," Doyle said.

York Regional Police advises of possible traffic delays in the area and urges motorists to seek alternate routes.