A massive fire broke out at an industrial building in Etobicoke, Toronto on Friday morning. The fire started at a chemical distributor and quickly spread to adjacent tractor trailers. More than 100 firefighters were on scene and the fire was downgraded to a three-alarm fire just before 8:30 a.m.
The fire is being treated as a hazardous materials incident due to the presence of “thousands of litres of lubricants” and a neighbouring lumberyard. The Ministry of Environment has been notified and no injuries have been reported.
The fire is expected to be extinguished in the next 24 to 48 hours, but flare-ups are possible this weekend. Martin Grove Road is closed south of Vulcan Street, and CN rail lines that run through the impacted area have been shut down.
Local residents and businesses have been advised to keep windows closed and shelter in place if possible. Damage to the building is estimated to be in the millions of dollars.
Mayor Olivia Chow thanked firefighters for working “around the clock” to fight the blaze.