UPDATE: Friends hold memorial for Dovercourt fire victim

Three people have died, a fourth is still in hospital

(Tom Stefanac/CP24)

Twenty-two Chinese lanterns were released into the night sky on Saturday, the night that the Toronto Star reports friends of Alysia Graham were to gather to celebrate her 22nd birthday.

Instead, the party turned into a memorial. Graham is one of three people who died from Friday's fire on Dovercourt Rd near Dupont St. The other two are her best friends 22-year-old Jordan Boyer and 21-year-old Katie Charron, who died in hospital yesterday.

A fourth person, 21-year-old Ethan Leal, is still in hospital but is expected to recover.

Alycia's friends tell the Star that they invited her mom to come to last night's memorial but she declined, saying it's too soon to let her go.

The victims' families are planning separate funerals.

Firefighters were called to the four-bedroom apartment above a long-vacant storefront just south of Dupont St around 3 am Friday. At one point, as many as 55 firefighters were working to douse the flames.

The Fire Marshal's office says the blaze started in the living room. They have yet to pinpoint a cause.

"We have found evidence of smoke alarms", Fire Investigator Tim Irish said Friday. "However, due to their condition, we're unable to say until further testing has taken place whether in fact those alarms were functioning or not." Fire Captain Adrian Ratushniak says smoke from the fire actually tripped the detectors in the home next door, waking the people inside. It was someone in the neighbouring home who called 9-11.

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  1. karen posted on 03/07/2014 04:08 PM
    When will the law catch up to careless smoking and late-night cooking? Fire deaths are now treated with mild acceptance, just as drunk driving victims used to be. The law needs to clamp down on these negligent killers with penalties commensurate with their trail of death and destruction..
    1. S posted on 03/07/2014 08:04 PM
      @karen Hey Karen, go troll someone else's story. If you knew these people you would not be so reckless with your words. Two amazing people lost their lives today, show a little respect.
    2. j posted on 03/07/2014 10:15 PM
      @karen For all your know it was a faulty appliance or shoddy electrical work. Let's not point our fingers so quickly...
    3. A posted on 03/08/2014 12:15 PM
      @karen The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Regardless how it happened, it happened. Two young lives were lost way too early. They had their whole lives in front of them. Instead of pointing fingers at the cause of this fire, which could have been totally out of their hands, why don't you just let the families grieve without heartless people pointing fingers. And do not compare this to drunk driving.. Drunk drivers CHOOSE to drive drunk. These young adults did not choose this. This tragedy hit close to home for me, as i know one of the deceased, and I, nor do the families appreciate your reckless words, as someone else has already mentioned.
    4. SOMEONE WHO KNEW THEM posted on 03/08/2014 09:44 PM
      @karen just so you can know "karen" your words are not needed as there are many family and friends who knew these 4 young people and 3 of them have now passed, and NONE of them smoked in their apartment , i know this for a fact.. and they were all best friends none of them would be reckless and do anything to hurt one another. and you have absolutely no way of knowing it was even one of their faults and even if it was in any case it is not up to you to comment and have their family and friends see your unnecessary remarks, just because they were young dose NOT mean that they were careless, that is a stereotype like no other and is not okay ! if it was one of your family members or friends id hate for someone to make a snarky remark about their death so maybe you should just keep your opinions to yourself, YOU have no idea who these amazing people are/were.
    5. Maddie posted on 03/09/2014 11:04 AM
      @karen Hey Karen, instead of pointing fingers why don't you take your hurtful comment down. How would you feel if those were our children and someone was saying such awful terrible things like you just did. Your comment was rude and uncalled for, try again next time.
    6. Beverley posted on 03/10/2014 03:12 AM
      @karen @ Karen. Alysia Graham was my niece and the first grandchild in our family. This is indeed a tragedy and heart breaking end to her life no matter how the fire started. This fire is not being treated with mild acceptance, it resulted in the deaths of 3 young adults who were just beginning their lives. Our family is devastated.
  2. Jean posted on 03/08/2014 04:36 PM
    Very very sad. This fire claimed it's third victim now. The 4th is still fighting for his life. So devastating.
  3. Michele posted on 03/09/2014 08:32 AM

    These people were friends of our Daughters. At this point in the tragedy who cares how it happened. Three Beautiful young adults that had so much to give and achieve have lost their lives and one has to now live with the fact that 3 of his friends are gone and he is here. At the end of the day, it is time to mourn and not point fingers.

    God Bless them all

  4. Mary Wu posted on 03/11/2014 09:08 AM
    I first met JB at Starbucks. He is a cheerful and great guy. His friendliness and jokes brightens my dark days. It is sad to hear him passed away from such incident. He is missed. Pray for his family and friends. God bless them all.
  5. DS posted on 03/11/2014 09:17 AM
    My son grew up with these kids. Katie was at my house many times. What did or did not cause the fire matters not at this point. These were 4 gifted kids - gifted beyond belief and today 3 are gone. Remember when you were 20? Well I do and by the grace of god we all escaped some near death experiences! My son is broken hearted and it was a wake up call to be more careful and to never take life for granted. BUT they are kids and no matter what happens they make mistakes!! I pray for them all - mine included. To lose a child...the worst kind of hell. May god bring all their friends and loved ones mercy and let us remember them fondly. And let us not forget the young man who survived, his crosses will be heavy and he will never be the same carefree young man ever again. All the kids were close and much loved. My heart hurts for them all....... Remind your loved ones 1) have working smoke alarms and to sign their organ donar cards. Katie gave organs to save five lives!! Her final kind act.
  6. KristiG posted on 08/25/2014 05:32 PM
    @karen your comment on this shows just how truly ignorant you are. You knew nothing about these young adults, yet the day of their deaths you accuse them of smoking in their home or late night cooking. What right do you have as a complete stranger to make accusations such as this about these people? I'm Alysia Graham's mom and I can tell you 100% without a doubt that there was no smoking inside of the house and they were all in bed that night before midnight. I had stayed with them in that very same apartment at Thanksgiving, no smoking inside was a hard rule, they always went outside, and on work nights they were always in bed early. These 3 young adults had so much potential and so much life to live, there is nothing they did to deserve a death like that. Comparing their deaths to drunk driving is like comparing apples to oranges. They DID NOT choose this. And who are the negligent killers you speak of in this scenario? Them? Those 4 kids? What penalties should be paid for their trail of death and destruction as you suggest? Dying wasn't enough for you? You have a truly messed up sense of reality if that's what you think. Leave Alysia, Katie, Jordan and Ethan alone. You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about and just made yourself look like a cruel ignorant person from your comments. We are all devastated by their deaths. You should keep your erroneous opinions to yourself from now on. None of us wants to read it.
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