A massive three-alarm fire emerged from a local Canadian Tire in Toronto's uptown area. Residents and nearby employees gathered in a safe distance from the fire and captured the entire incident on their smartphone devices.
During the evening rush hour just after 5 p.m. Monday, the Garden Centre of the Canadian Tire store located in Toronto’s Leaside at the corner of Eglinton Avenue East and Laird Drive began to set ablaze. Huge clouds of black smoke began to fill the air, which caused major traffic along Eglinton Avenue East.
Fire trucks blocked traffic along Laird Drive and did not permit vehicles to travel north of Eglinton Avenue East.
There have been no reports of injuries.
Within moments of the fire, Toronto’s firefighters arrived on the scene and contained the fire. It is still unknown as to what caused the fire. Canadian Tire employees were immediately evacuated from the store. They as well as other workers in the plaza stood and watched. Spectators from nearby houses, apartment buildings and businesses filled the area in awe.
Nearby residents were concerned that there would be toxic fumes if one of the petroleum tanks inside of the gardening centre of the store exploded. The fire has now been contained and an investigation is underway.
The intersection remains shut down. 34 and 100 buses are diverting both ways via Bayview, Millwood, Overlea and Don Mills due to the fire investigation. 51 Leslie is diverting both ways via Bayview, Post Road, Park Lane and Lawrence and the 56 Leaside is diverting both ways via Rumsey and Millwood.
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