More than 1,000 homes were destroyed in the chimney-fire-pit fire that ravaged the city of Toronto on Aug. 5.
The fire destroyed a total of about 9,000 structures, leaving some 9,800 people homeless, according to the Toronto Fire Department.
The blaze prompted a mandatory evacuation order in the city’s north end and forced a number of emergency vehicles to stop and make stops.
But the mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, said that while his city is still recovering from the devastation of the fire, he has no doubt it will be safe to return to normal.
Ford, who is facing multiple allegations of inappropriate behaviour, has refused to step down as mayor and has promised a “robust response” to the fires.
But a recent report by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Urban Economics said that the fire’s devastating impact was not expected to be felt for years.
“The magnitude of the [fire] is something that the city hasn’t experienced before,” said Adam Bouchard, the university’s deputy director of research.
“There will be many questions about what is going to happen in the years to come.”
Burning homes, cars, and houses are not the only damage to Toronto’s skyline.
A week after the fire broke out, an aerial survey of the city revealed a dramatic loss of public space, with the city largely cut off from the rest of the country and Canada.
The damage to the city is the result of a mix of natural and man-made causes, according the Centre for the Study of Urban Disasters.
Natural factors have played a role in the fires that have ravaged the northern part of Toronto.
The city’s infrastructure was damaged, its water supply was damaged and its electricity grid was compromised.
A man is seen in front of the charred remains of a home in Toronto, Ontario, August 6, 2018.
In the north, the fires came from the chimneys of a residential building that had been converted into a mobile home park.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, left for the Toronto-area airport on Aug 12, 2018, after being evacuated from the city.
Flames from the blaze in Toronto’s west end.
Firefighters fight a raging wildfire on a rural road near Fort William, Saskatchewan, August 12, 2019.
Dennis R. Ford is seen at the Toronto area airport in Toronto on August 12.
Ford and his wife, Rosalind, were the first Canadian leaders to visit Canada after the province announced it was pulling out of NAFTA negotiations.
They visited Winnipeg, Calgary and Ottawa.
Ford has since accused the federal government of breaking promises and threatening Canadian jobs, claiming he would not be able to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Ford, who has repeatedly denied allegations of misconduct, has blamed the fire on a rogue “extremists” who are responsible for the destruction of his city.
Ford was mayor of Etobicoke, Ontario for a total 14 months before he stepped down in May 2018.
A former member of the Toronto police force, he was removed from office in August 2018 after a video emerged in which he was heard bragging about using a racial slur.
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