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Firefighters have extinguished a blaze in a downtown Toronto highrise but hundreds of displaced residents weren’t being allowed back inside their apartments due to a lack of electricity and other services in the building.

Toronto fire officials said one person from the 14th floor was being treated for unknown injuries. However, fire chief Matthew Pegg said no serious injuries had been reported.

Capt. Adrian Ratushniak said calls came in about smoke in the building (on Parliament St.) at about 1 p.m. and had escalated to a six-alarm response by 3 p.m.

The blaze was fought by about 100 firefighters, many of whom had to trudge up multiple flights of stairs hauling heavy gear.

Ratushniak said smoke came from below the building or at street level, but could not confirm the cause or source of the smoke.

He said he expected firefighters to remain on scene until Wednesday morning.