Toronto firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze Thursday at the historic Black Bull Hotel & Tavern on Queen Street West.

The fire department received a call at 9:30 p.m. about the fire, which witnesses said appeared to have started on the upper level of the building.

Queen Street was closed to traffic as more than 60 firefighters and 16 fire trucks tackled the fire. Flames could be seen shooting through the roof of the building around 10:30 p.m.

Two people were sent to hospital, a man in his 40s with smoke inhalation and a second man with anxiety.

Known for its large summertime patio, the Black Bull is one of the city's oldest pubs. It originally opened at 298 Queen St. W. in 1838.