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.