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Fire destroys Musa and several homes at Dundas and Euclid

Posted by Derek Flack / July 4, 2010

Musa FireA fire has destroyed Musa and several other homes in the Dundas and Euclid area. Although the fire department has yet to confirm the origin of the blaze, numerous reports from eye-witnesses claim that it broke out on the upper floor apartment or balcony south of the restaurant in the same building just before 3 p.m.. Thick smoke could be seen from kilometres away during the firefighters efforts to get the fire under control.

Musa FireAccording the National Post, no one was injured in the fire despite the fact that it raged for two hours before crews could get it under control. Qualifying as a five-alarm blaze, more than 20 trucks and 100 fireman were sent to the scene.

Musa FireAlthough the fire did spread south on Euclid damaging homes at 198, 200 and 202 Eucid, the popular Cafe Brasiliano appears to have been spared any major damage.

Fire Dundas EuclidAs good as this news is, residents watching the clean-up effort were already bemoaning the (at the very minimum) temporary loss of Musa. One local I spoke to remarked that the "people there were always so was one of the best brunch places in the neighbourhood."

The restaurant was set to celebrate its ninth anniversary next week. To say that this is a unlucky turn of events is an understatement.

Update (July 5th 9:30 a.m.):

Quoting Fire Department Captain Mike Strapko, the Globe reports that Musa may face demolition: "I'm not sure whether they're going to tear the building down or do the investigation as is - they might have to shore it up with two-by-fours."

Although the paper describes the houses at 200 and 202 Euclid as "severely damaged," Capt. Strapko did indicate that 198 was mostly saved.

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laurie / July 4, 2010 at 07:46 pm
ellie / July 4, 2010 at 07:59 pm
Such a beautiful old structure and a fabulous restaurant with such kind owners and managers. Kudos to the quick thinking chef who turned off the gas so soon. The outcome could have been much worse.
myron / July 4, 2010 at 08:08 pm
I think it's crass to say how wonderful it is that a fucking cafe was spared when you have already said "several other homes" were "destroyed" - how about some perspective.

On the other hand, you also say "the fire did spread south on Euclid damaging homes at 198, 200 and 202 Eucid". So which is it? Were "several" homes "destroyed", or did three homes receive "damage"? Once you figure that part out, I can figure out how douchey you are for the cafe thing.
JImmy #2 / July 4, 2010 at 08:55 pm
It ain't crass - it's a kernel of less shitty news in a steaming pile of bad news.

You're the douche.
Elizabeth replying to a comment from myron / July 4, 2010 at 09:59 pm
You're an ass.
Derek replying to a comment from myron / July 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm
Just as it's bad news that those homes received fire damage, it's good news that Brasiliano appears to have been spared. I fail to see how that's crass at all. And your hyperbolic use of the word "wonderful" robs your comment of any credibility. As for the damaged/destroyed issue, I think the best I can do to address that is to say that when it comes to fire, these terms tend to overlap a little. All of the structures are still standing, suggesting that some major renovations/repairs may be possible, but the amount of damage obviously appears to extensive.

As I mention at the end of the post, I'll provide an update with more information as it becomes available. The police on the scene would not grant a thoroughgoing inspection of the site to media or those passing by.
Eli / July 4, 2010 at 11:25 pm
Oh no! Musa was my favorite place to go on a rainy day. It was also my favorite place to go in times of celebration. I hope they, and all others affected by the fire, are able to get back on their feet.

Thank goodness Caffe Brasiliano is still standing.
joesmiley / July 5, 2010 at 12:43 am
This was a terrible incident. By coincidence, I just happened to walk by, and I think Toronto can be proud of it's firemen.

I happened to carry my camera, and took some impressions from the scene. If anybody is interested, they can be found here:

Juan replying to a comment from myron / July 5, 2010 at 08:23 am
Right, because only stupid blogging hipsters would care that a cafe was spared--nobody else, like its proprietors.
Juan replying to a comment from myron / July 5, 2010 at 08:24 am
(@ myron)
Cbab / July 5, 2010 at 11:30 am
Sad to see this. Musa was/is still a favourite spot, and I hope they recover quickly. Same goes for the residents in the area that were affected.

I also fail to see the motivation to pick apart the tone/diction of a blog post like this. Were it splashed with a headline like "HA HA! SUX 2 BE YOU!", then I could see a reason to do so; but this isn't the case. A fire was reported, pictures were taken, information was spread.

That being said, everyone's entitled to their own opinion.
Joel / July 5, 2010 at 02:30 pm
More photos of the fire and it's aftermath:
Joel / July 5, 2010 at 02:32 pm
More photos of the Musa fire and its aftermath:
FFStevo / July 7, 2010 at 12:35 am
As the Captain of the first firefighting crew to arrive at this fire, I am heartened that Torontonians care about the loss of a neighbourhood gathering place. As a Fire Officer at the Claremont Street station, we know our district but cannot appreciate what it means to patronize a place like MUSA often, and then witness it suddenly lost to flames.
Rest assured my crew and I fought very very hard to save the buildings. The fire had quite a head start on us, and the nature of the architecture meant a very quick fire spread. Several times inside the structure, myself and my crew were surrounded by flames, and we were fortunate to get out of the building just before the ceiling collapsed.
I have no idea what the owner's plans might be regarding rebuilding, but if the majority of these comments are an indication, she'll have a wonderful reason to do just that.
On behalf of the officers and firefighters of the Claremont Street Fire Station (331) we thank you all for your co-operation and support, and encourage you to drop by the Station and say hello.
Eli replying to a comment from FFStevo / July 7, 2010 at 03:43 am

Thank you and your crew for your brave efforts in trying to save Musa, and for saving Brasiliano.
TRo / July 7, 2010 at 06:23 pm
hi all,

I am one of the tenants who lived above MUSA. As crappy as this situation is, it has been truly amazing and comforting to see how many people have been deeply saddened by the loss of this building. It really was a landmark in our neighbourhood. Even though I lost my belongings, I certainly feel relieved that Brasiliano was saved. That place is really special and it would have been an extra blow if we'd lost them too.

elizabeth / July 7, 2010 at 11:41 pm
Musa was a Brasiliano, an neighbourhood institution. I so hope she stays on Dundas nearby.
The building was so big and wonderful, really from another time on the street. It looks really wrecked and will probably have to come down. Don't think it had an historical designation.
TRo: good luck rebuilding!
Fire Chief Steve: it's so amazing the work the fire fighters do. But, is it too late to ask you to go in to check on that smoke alarm I heard today! ;-) Wonder what brand of battery is in it!
xxxx / July 21, 2010 at 12:25 am
Hope to get my salary 'cozy I still didn't get any money from the owner!!!
relicandcheese / August 28, 2014 at 08:06 pm
This is an old story now, but I too was deeply saddened when I heard this occured. I worked at Musa for a short time, and I used to live beside the owner and her family. Does anyone know if she did rebuild? Her cooking was fantastic, and I would revisit any restaurant she has a hand in.
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