Massive fire hits club at Yonge and St. Clair

16 February, 2017, 00:19 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Massive fire hits club at Yonge and St. Clair

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg says the fire was extinguished at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, almost a day after it began burning at The Badminton and Racquet Club.

Buildings in the surrounding area have been evacuated.

Firefighters were ordered out of the building, so fire crews had to tackle the blaze from the balconies of neighbouring buildings. Firefighters sloshed through about a foot of water, dumping more on the fire with every minute.

An excavator was tearing down debris late into the night to help firefighters reach hot spots.

Jessop said there is nothing to suggest a fire at 25 St. Clair W.in 2009 is related to Tuesday's blaze.

Two firefighters received minor injuries while battling the fire, but no civilians were injured.

Toronto Fire Services officials said that a massive fire that shut down a major intersection in mid-town Toronto is contained. Toronto police said they'd reopened roads north of St. Clair Ave.in both directions. He said the damage is expected to be more than $1 million.

A memo sent to members of the club by the chief operating officer of the facility said that it appears the fire originated in the main lounge in the southeast corner of the building but Pegg could not confirm that information Wednesday.

Fire officials say the building will likely collapse. W., and he anticipates residents may be allowed to get back into their units later in the day. They were greeted by a ravenous fire that was quickly spreading.

The investigation into the fire is already underway, the fire chief said, and the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal will be attending the scene.

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"The engineers in the Toronto building department are going to assess the stability of the building and that'll determine how we'll proceed". They'll also be doing air quality testing and dealing with water runoff.

Video: St. Clair fire social media video.

Pegg said there were multiple partial collapses overnight and anything that is left in the building has suffered an "extraordinary amount of damage".

According to Pegg, when the building goes down, it will produce a large volume of visible flame that firefighters have to manage.

Fire crews plan to scale back their operation over the course of the day and open up more streets in the area by suppertime.

"Although we are faced with a awful loss we are incredibly fortunate that no one was hurt and we did not lose anyone", the club in the letter.

An emergency centre set up at 55 St. Clair West was closed as of noon Wednesday, officials said.

Yonge Street is closed between St. Clair Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue and the eastbound lanes of St. Clair Avenue are close from Avenue Road to Yonge Street.

Streetcar and subway service at St. Clair Station returned to normal by for the Wednesday morning commute, the TTC said, though buses are still diverting around the scene.

The original building that houses the racquet club was built in the late 1800s by the Toronto and York Railway company. In 1924, it became the Toronto Badminton and Racquet Club.

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