A fire broke out on Queen Street West and Cameron Street at around 11 p.m. last night, with February’s block-consuming fire just up the street nowhere near forgotten. SoundProof Magazine staff photographer (and Torontoist Flickr Pool contributor) Stephanie Cloutier arrived just before the firefighters did. She writes on her photo’s page:
My friend Connie and I were leaving the Cameron House when a group of people standing on the sidewalk and street were screaming across the street, along with someone in a car honking their horn. We [didn’t] understand what was happening until we walked closer to the group and looked up, seeing a fire blazing out of the third floor above a residential/retail building.
The group of people screaming and honking their horn thought someone was still up there, and Connie and I stood there in frozen terror and sadness of what was happening in front of us. The firefighters came in and after 15 minutes upon arriving, the fire was under control and eventually put out.
I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose everything, and seeing that tenant try to go back inside and recover some of his stuff before help came, even as the fire was eating away the old building, was heartbreaking to see. [February’s Queen West fire] is fresh in our memories.
Eleven firefighting units were dispatched just before 11:30 p.m., shutting a stretch of the street down as they quickly extinguished the flames. CityNews is reporting that, fortunately, there were no injuries—but that “the damage is extensive and several people were forced out of their homes. There’s no word yet on what caused the fire.”
Torontoist photographer Miles Storey arrived after the fire was out. His photos and Cloutier’s shot, of flames darting from the window as firefighters arrive, are above.