Toronto fire sparks downtown evacuations
Toronto’s fire chief says evacuations continue as firefighters try to control a massive blaze that has closed streets in the city’s midtown and is pouring smoke over a wide area.
Matthew Pegg says The Badminton and Racquet Club is at risk of collapsing and he is worried about the fire spreading to neighbouring buildings, including a nearby 14-storey, 87-unit condominium.
Police say buses have been brought in to shelter people who have had to leave their homes.
More than 100 firefighters are on scene at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue West after being called out around 9:20 a.m.
There are no reports of injuries and Pegg is warning onlookers to stay away from the area, which is closed to traffic, and the Toronto subway is not stopping at St. Clair station due to the fire.
Capt. David Eckerman previously said part of the roof of the Racquet Club had collapsed and they needed Toronto Water to boost water pressure to help battle the blaze.
Pegg said it is a very difficult and hazardous fire and there have been a number of structural collapses.
“Everyone in that building that we know that was inside that building is safe and accounted for, so that’s good news,” Pegg said.
“The condition of the building involved in the fire continues to worsen so we’re still dealing with some very, very accelerated collapse potential, and very, very heavy fire.”