3-alarm fire breaks out at Queen Street West restaurant in Toronto

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Toronto firefighters battle 3-alarm fire at Queen West building
WATCH ABOVE: Toronto Fire Services says a fire broke out in the restaurant part of a 3-storey building on Queen Street West that eventually spread to the second and third floors prompting the evacuation of residents living in the apartments above. Kamil Karamali has more – Nov 19, 2019

Toronto Fire Services says crews battled a three-alarm fire in the city’s Parkdale neighbourhood on Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to a restaurant on Queen Street West, just west of Dufferin Street, shortly after 5 a.m.

Fire officials said smoke was visible from the back of the first-floor unit in a commercial-residential building.

The fire spread to the second and third floors of the three-storey building, forcing the evacuation of residents living in apartments above the restaurant.

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said the fire did not spread to the adjacent buildings.

Pegg also said due the fire being in an older building that is attached to multiple other buildings in an urban area, additional fire crews were deployed to make sure the fire did not spread.

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“The construction plays a factor, and of course the age of the building plays a factor, but those are all things that are taken into consideration,” Pegg said.

Firefighters searched the building, and there were no reported injuries and everyone is accounted for.

As of 7:30 a.m., Pegg said the 3-alarm fire is contained but not under control as firefighters continue to work on putting out the fire.

Shortly after 9 a.m. traffic along Queen Street West re-opened.

Building residents have told Global News it may be a while before they are allowed to return.

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