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Three-alarm blaze guts Queen West building

Posted by Tom Ryaboi / October 30, 2012

Queen West FireA three-alarm blaze gutted a Roots store on Queen West last night as the remnants of hurricane Sandy passed through Toronto. Although the fire is not being attributed to the storm, the more than 80 firefighters on the scene struggled at times to tame the flames on account of high winds. The blaze was, however, contained to the building or origin, sparing heritage properties on either side. No one was injured in the fire, so we feel a bit better about sharing these dramatic photos of the action.


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Rebecca / October 30, 2012 at 09:48 am
think of all the clothes!!
Big Fuckin Mega Boat replying to a comment from Rebecca / October 30, 2012 at 10:15 am
Oh, the humanity!
Grover / October 30, 2012 at 10:16 am
Too bad for the developer of the buildings to the east that that ugly Snail didn't burn down..
MrPotato / October 30, 2012 at 10:31 am
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...Not Roots! That poor little family was struggling to keep their small clothing company afloat and now this!!! Where can we send donations?
MelS / October 30, 2012 at 10:35 am
Great Photos!
Eyebrows / October 30, 2012 at 10:35 am
It's at least the third space on that block Roots has occupied so, what's a fourth?
Memories / October 30, 2012 at 10:37 am
Didn't a developer just buy that block and they're kicking all those businesses out anyway?
Collin / October 30, 2012 at 10:38 am
i guess that lot is now ripe for another ugly condo to go up. w00t.
Tony / October 30, 2012 at 10:41 am
Let me guess... They are going to build Condos there now?!

hmmmmm.. smells fishy.
funky cold medina / October 30, 2012 at 10:57 am
the silver snail has an invisible force field protecting it from the claws of the evil fire witch.
Parisite replying to a comment from Rafa / October 30, 2012 at 11:01 am
Racists seem more open these days about expressing their hate. Seems to me that sites with open comment sections need to be more vigilant in enforcing rules for a civilized discussion.
neil / October 30, 2012 at 11:31 am
what? another freak fire on queen where a developer is about to build...
Ivy / October 30, 2012 at 11:42 am
While I don't have much sympathy for Roots, it is unfortunate for the salon and tattoo parlour, both small, local businesses...
Rob R. / October 30, 2012 at 11:47 am
That's a pretty convenient fire -seeing as how the neighboring former Silver Snail and C-Squared were slated to be turned into a 3 level mini-mall.
erin / October 30, 2012 at 11:47 am
am i the only one who wants to know what type of camera was used to shoot these awesome pics? the lighting is so good, ha.
Tatiana / October 30, 2012 at 11:52 am
just feel bad for the city i love and glad no one got injured
MDP replying to a comment from erin / October 30, 2012 at 11:53 am
It looks like HDRI (high dynamic range imaging), I would also like to know what camera was used and how.
bungma replying to a comment from MDP / October 30, 2012 at 11:59 am
Maybe the DHR's done post:
Tom Ryaboi / October 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm
These photos are not HDR or Single Image HDR, they were taken at high ISO (5000-10000)
haha / October 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm
roots is a shit brand
haha / October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm
whoever said these are HDR is a fucking retard.
Mike / October 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm
All the images have their EXIF intact,
Shots are with a Canon 5DmkIII at around ISO 5000.
Lowrrz / October 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm
That sure is one eurocentric fire squad based on that shot of their names on the jackets
?? / October 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm
What was the root cause of this?
mike in parkdale / October 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm
If you went to raves in the 90's, there's a good chance you knew that building well. I think it was even reference in a Toronto Life coverstory about that scene.
Suggestion Bear / October 30, 2012 at 01:10 pm
I'm sure the police will get to the root of this case.
AV replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / October 30, 2012 at 01:46 pm
*taps nose*
P / October 30, 2012 at 01:47 pm
The Roots, The Roots, The Roots is on fire.

But in all seriousness, a friend of mine who lives very close by said he heard, in this order, tires screeching, engine revving and peeling away, 20 seconds later a huge explosion, and then 2 minutes after that it was a towering inferno. Perhaps this is purely coincidental, but the conspiracy theorist in me is getting excited.
EC / October 30, 2012 at 02:27 pm
Do firefighters always look this laid back?
EC / October 30, 2012 at 02:29 pm
ALSO - I love the "Online Degrees in Fire Science" ad from the American Military University that this page is showing. These pictures have convinced me to change careers.
meh / October 30, 2012 at 02:41 pm
these comments are hilarious. I especially enjoyed MrPotato and Funky Cold Medina's.

meh replying to a comment from funky cold medina / October 30, 2012 at 02:42 pm
bahahahaahahahahahahahahhaa so good i can't stop LOL'ing
mike in parkdale replying to a comment from AV / October 30, 2012 at 03:23 pm
you again? no question we've crossed paths a few times.
MDP replying to a comment from haha / October 30, 2012 at 05:30 pm

"haha / October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm
whoever said these are HDR is a fucking retard."

And why is that?
MDP replying to a comment from Mike / October 30, 2012 at 05:34 pm
Thanks. Am I a really retard to think they look like HDRI?? Someone thinks so.
Mikey / October 30, 2012 at 06:03 pm
Where are we gonna get our Spin Doctors hats this Winter guys?
Rich / October 30, 2012 at 08:42 pm
Shit just got REAL

(always wanted to say that)
Chris on Bay St / October 31, 2012 at 03:20 pm
Adam Vaughan should be happy...a few more small businesses removed from the entertainment district = more room for ugly condos. Or maybe he can expand the Homeless Hilton now
Gooder replying to a comment from ?? / October 31, 2012 at 05:24 pm
I see what you did there, and I like it.
Ace McNugget / November 1, 2012 at 02:44 pm
Very suspicious! They probably want to build modern condo buildings there!
ShelaghDB / November 2, 2012 at 02:14 pm
Hows the Peter Pan Restaurant? Was it affected at all and is it slated to close if they are putting condos in here?
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