Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Apr 17, 2007 09:22 AM
One southbound lane of Spadina Ave. remains closed between Dundas and College Sts. after more than 100 firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze early this morning.
Firefighters rescued two people trapped in apartments above a row of businesses at 368 Spadina Ave. after flames broke out around 3:15 a.m., while another man was rescued from the roof, said Toronto Fire Capt. Adrian Ratushniak.
One person was transported to Toronto Western Hospital with minor smoke inhalation injuries, he said.
The blaze reached three alarms by 3:40 a.m. and a total of 30 trucks were called to the scene before the fire was extinguished.
At one point, fire crews had to pull back as the roof was in danger of collapsing. Another harrowing moment came as bricks loosen from the building and crashed to the street below, Ratushniak said.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, he said.
One southbound lane of Spadina Ave. is closed to traffic south of College St., but the Spadina streetcar is running in both directions.