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3 downtown Toronto homes damaged following massive afternoon fire

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Three downtown Toronto homes have been damaged after a large three-alarm fire Friday afternoon, officials say.

A spokesperson for the department told Global News emergency crews were called to a home on Ontario Street, just south of Gerrard Street East, at around 5:50 p.m. on Friday.

The spokesperson said the fire at a two-storey home was so strong that flames could be seen from a couple of blocks away. Before too long, they said the fire then spread to two nearby homes.

Firefighters work to extinguish a residential fire on Ontario Street in Toronto. Reagan McSwain

Officials said everyone at all three properties made it out and there were no immediate reports of injuries.

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The spokesperson said an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire, where it started, and what the circumstances are surrounding it.

Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam, who represents the neighbourhood where the fire occurred, said in a post on Twitter that the property where the fire started was a rooming house. She said all of the occupants were going to be offered hotel rooms while they find alternate accommodation.

Toronto police closed Gerrard Street East between Sherbourne and Parliament streets as well as Ontario Street between Gerrard Street East and Dundas Street East in response to the blaze.

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