Toronto police charge two landlords with negligence over May fire that killed U of T student

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September 11, 2018
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Toronto Star

Two landlords have been charged with negligence three months after a fire at a Scarborough house killed a University of Toronto student and critically injured another woman, police say.

Helen Guo, an 18-year-old Chinese international student, had finished her first year studying business management when a fire broke out at 10 Haida Court, near Ellesmere Rd., and Military Trail, on May 30 in Scarborough.

She was found dead in the houseafter the flames were put out, according to investigators at the scene. A 20-year-old woman was also seriously hurt.

Weison Zhou, 47, and Yu Jing, 45, both of Toronto, surrendered to police on Aug. 31.

They are each charged with nine counts of arson by negligence and one count each of criminal negligence causing death, and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The charges stem from a joint investigation with Toronto Fire Services and the office of the Fire Marshal, police said.

Police said in a news release Monday that they are alleging the couple was negligent in providing proper fire protection and safety at a home that they own and operate as a rental property, and that this directly led to their tenant's death and serious burns to another.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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