Scene: Fire at Queen and Soho
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Scene: Fire at Queen and Soho

In the midst of Sandy, a downtown fire guts a Queen Street building.

WHERE: 369 Queen Street West, at Soho

WHEN: Tuesday October 30, 1:40 a.m.

WHAT: Though it happened at the peak of Sandy’s roll through Toronto, officials haven’t yet confirmed the cause of an overnight fire at Queen and Soho. The three-alarm blaze started at about 12:30 a.m.; officials cordoned off the street while they fought flames, warning of blowing glass and a potential building collapse. The Black Bull Tavern is across the street; staff told us that they felt the fire’s explosion from inside the bar. (They also mentioned spotting several people trying to loot the Roots store that’s on the main floor of the 369.) No injuries were reported, and an investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE, 10:05 AM: The 501 Queen streetcar is still diverting around this section of the street (via Church, King, and Shaw) as the investigation and clean-up continue.

UPDATE, 10:25 PM: From the Globe: “Andrew Kostiuk, a division commander with Toronto Fire, said Monday night’s storm had absolutely nothing to do with the fire. Arson is not being ruled out at this time.”

With reporting by Christopher Drost.