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News Release

Region of Durham and Town of Whitby thank community for support

WHITBY, ON October 29, 2014

The Regional Municipality of Durham and the Town of Whitby would like to thank the community and many emergency response partners for the outpouring of support in response to yesterday’s fire at the Region of Durham’s Fairview Lodge, a long-term care home located in the Town of Whitby.

“Community assistance and the provision of heartfelt care to evacuees was truly incredible,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “The response was an amazing reflection of the wonderful region we live in.”

Deputy Mayor Don Mitchell stated, “The safe evacuation and accommodation of these vulnerable residents was a remarkable accomplishment. We owe great thanks to the expertise of our emergency responders.”

Thank you to all first responders from the Town of Whitby and Town of Ajax Fire and Emergency Services, and Oshawa Fire Services for their tireless work to extinguish the fire. Thank you to Durham Regional Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police, who helped ensure the safety of all involved and affected. Thanks to Durham Region Emergency Medical Services, Toronto Paramedic Services, Durham Region Transit, Stock Transportation, Phoenix Transportation, Chartwell Colonial Retirement Residence and Toronto Transit Commission for providing emergency transportation.

A special thank you to St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and Durham Catholic District School Board’s St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, Abilities Centre, and the Town of Whitby’s Iroquois Park Sports Centre for opening their doors and welcoming evacuees.

Countless community partners answered the call to action including: Community Care Access Centre, Canadian Red Cross Emergency & Disaster Services, Victim's Services, The Salvation Army, Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team (OVERT), Durham District School Board and Central East Local Health Integration Network. A complete list of partners will be posted on the Region of Durham’s website at

All Fairview Lodge residents and staff were safely evacuated. The Region of Durham, Social Services employees who were involved in evacuating the residents should be commended for their dedication. Displaced residents have now been relocated to other long-term care homes, retirement homes, or hospitals.

 The Fairview Lodge new build continues. The new home was unaffected by fire and is scheduled for occupancy in early 2015.

As a fire investigation is underway, public will not be permitted on site, and are requested to keep their distance from the property and respect the direction from authorities managing the scene.

A new information line for families requesting details about their loved ones will be effective starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday: 905-579-3313. 

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