Toronto Firemen Sue Plastic Co. for Injuries
Reparations will be sought for injury and loss of wages suffered by three Toronto, Ont., firemen who fought a blaze which followed an explosion in an unlicensed plastic button factory operated in a basement at 2959 Dundas St. W. Toronto, on November 22, 1951. The Board of Control of the city of Toronto has also instructed its solicitor to start court action against the owners of the button factory for damage to fire apparatus. The city solicitor has pointed out that the firemen were not covered by Workmen’s Compensation, and their claims for injuries are their own. However, for morale purposes he said the city did pay medical expenses and their salaries during disability.
Fire Department officials said that under ordinary circumstances the department absorbed the cost of the damage to the equipment resulting from fire fighting activities, but since in this case no permit had been issued for the factory, the city would seek reparations.