Richmond Hill fire forces block evacuation

Firefighters battled a blaze at a townhouse in Richmond Hill early Tuesday after a woman called 911 screaming that pets were trapped inside.
Emergency crews arrived to find flames through the roof at 8675 Bayview Ave. in Richmond Hill. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Firefighters battled a blaze at a townhouse in Richmond Hill early Tuesday after a woman called 911 screaming that pets were trapped inside.

Crews responded to the call at 1:45 a.m. to find flames had spread through the roof at 8675 Bayview Ave. From there the fire spread quickly, forcing emergency crews to evacuate the entire block.

The woman was treated for minor injuries. There is no word on whether the pets survived.

Fire crews were still on the scene as of 6:30 a.m.