Photos of the four alarm blaze at Broadview & Gerrard
A four alarm blaze devoured a building early this morning at Broadview and Gerrard. Breaking out sometime around 5:00 a.m. at the fruit market on the southeast corner of the intersection, the scene quickly turned apocalyptic as smoke billowed out of the the upper floors of the building. According to reports, residents of the building were safely evacuated, though two firefighters were hospitalized due to injuries incurred while fighting the blaze, which raged for over two hours before the crew was able to get a handle on it.
During that time, the north wall of the building collapsed leading to a temporary surge in the blaze. The fire department believes further collapse is possible given the damage caused by the flames. The 504 streetcar is currently diverting both ways on account of the ensuing investigation. Here are photos of the blaze courtesy of Craig Jenkins and Tom Ryaboi.