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Businesses evacuated in Etobicoke due to fire at equipment rental facility

A three-alarm industrial fire at an equipment rental facility in Etobicoke prompted emergency crews to evacuate businesses in the area on Tuesday.

No one injured, fire under control, owners not allowed back to nearby businesses yet

Toronto firefighters have brought a fire at an equipment rental company in Etobicoke under control. Businesses have been evacuated in the area. (Meg Roberts/CBC)

A three-alarm industrial fire at an equipment rental facility in Etobicoke prompted emergency crews to evacuate businesses in the area on Tuesday.

No one was reported injured and the fire is now under control, according to Capt. Dan Vieira, spokesperson for Toronto Fire Services.

Owners have not yet been allowed to return the businesses, Viera said. Fire crews were expected to remain at the scene overnight.

The fire broke out at 40 Racine Rd., a single storey building that houses Cooper Equipment Rentals, near Brydon Drive, in the area of Martin Grove Road and Rexdale Boulevard. Firefighters were notified at about 3:40 p.m.

Vieira said there were reports of propane tanks exploding but Toronto Fire has not yet confirmed that.

The three-alarm fire on Racine Road in Etobicoke reportedly caused propane tanks to explode, but Toronto Fire has yet to confirm that. (CBC)

Darryl Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Equipment Rentals, said it is not clear how much damage there is but he is relieved that no one was injured.

"Tomorrow, I will worry about damages and costs and all that kind of stuff. Right now, I am just thankful that everyone made it out safe and that everybody is safe to go home to their families," Cooper said on Tuesday.

Cooper said all safety protocols in place at the facility were followed. The company stores 100 lb. propane cylinders in its back yard and he believes they exploded because of the heat. He thinks the damage is contained to that area.

"We're co-operating with police, fire and the authorities," he said.

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said in a tweet that crews continue to operate at the scene.

"The investigation into the origin, cause and circumstances of this fire will commence once confirmed safe to do so," Pegg said.

Racine Road, which was closed from Martin Grove Road to Kipling Avenue, has been reopened.

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