TORONTO – Downtown Toronto: explosions and thick smoke from the basement at King and Bay Streets
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According to the Toronto firefighters, thie fire started inn a transformer room under the sidewalk.
King, Bay and Yonge Streets were closed in both directions near the incident.
Trams 504 and 514 were redirected.
The City of Toronto Fire Department confirmed at 6:15 pm that the fire was under control and that no one had been injured. Platoon leader Kevin Shaw explained that the fire would continue to burn and that the smoke would be very thick until a Toronto Hydro supervisor went to the scene to turn off the power.
Tori Gass, spokesman for Toronto Hydro, explained at 8:05 pm that their teams were trying to shut down the current that was feeding the group of transformers on fire. According to her, this operation must be completed before she can go to the scene of the fire and extinguish it. According to her, the “specialized teams” responsible for extinguishing the fire were still not at the scene of the fire but as long as the current is not cut, they can not work.
Ms. Gass says some adjacent buildings will lose power until the end of the incident.
The Royal Bank Building, adjacent to the fire, and the PATH between Queen and Front streets were evacuated. The authorities claim that the smoke went into the PATH, which forced its closure.
Traffic was heavily affected throughout rush hour in downtown Toronto.
The metro service was never interrupted, but the King station was closed for several minutes and the trains did not stop at the station