4-alarm fire rips through Queen West buildings
A four-alarm fire tore through a row of buildings on Queen Street West Monday, leaving several people without homes.
The blaze started at around 6 p.m. at an apartment above Sydney's, a clothing store located at 795 Queen Street West near Manning Avenue, fire officials said.
The fire spread to three other buildings, and was eventually put out by about 60 firefighters around 2 hours later.
A number of upper-floor apartments in the four buildings were burnt. It is not immediately clear how badly the ground floor stores of the affected buildings were damaged.
Many of the buildings were vacant because of the Victoria Day weekend. No one was hurt in the blaze.
Samira Mohyeddin was painting Banu, the restaurant she owns at 797 Queen Street West, when the fire broke out.
She said she went to an alley behind the restaurant and saw that a back patio was on fire.
Toronto Fire Services Cmdr. Bob O' Halloran confirmed that "intitial reports were that the deck at the back was burning."
He said he didn't know if the fire was caused by a barbecue.