A fire broke out inside a fireplace in a Toronto suburb on Wednesday, forcing residents to shut down and shutting down the entire region, CBC News has learned.
It’s the second fire at the house in the community since April, and the latest in a series of problems for the area.
Firefighters were called to the scene just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday after the home on St. Clair Avenue in the Parkdale neighbourhood caught on fire, said Toronto Fire Services spokesperson Paul Gagliano.
Gaglian said the fire started in the kitchen area, where there was a fire extinguisher and water hose on the kitchen counter.
There were no flames at the time, but they were out of control, he said.
The home was destroyed.
Fire crews and emergency services were on scene within 10 minutes.
Residents have been evacuated, but have not been told whether they have to return home or if they have been given instructions to evacuate.
Gap Fire and Emergency Services said the blaze has not been contained, and that there is a danger of “an explosion” in the neighbourhood.
The fire was reported at 10:18 a.ms. and crews are working to control the fire.
Toronto fire officials have said they’re investigating the cause of the fire, which is believed to be natural.