UPDATE (1:47 PM ET, Feb 6 2019): The fire is reportedly now under control and crews are aiming to reopen the intersection ahead of evening rush hour.
Local firefighters are currently responding to a raging three-alarm fire which has spread through a commercial building located near Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street, in the heart of Chinatown. Emergency crews received word of the ongoing situation just before 10:00 AM Wednesday after the fire engulfed the second floor of the building, sending the whole area into chaos.
Emergency crews arrive at the scene approximately 30 minutes later with 13 trucks and 50 firefighters ready to battle the flames. It is unclear at the moment what exactly caused the fire, but thankfully there have been no injuries reported. “It’s still very much an active firefight. Crews are working very hard,” Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg stated according to CP24.
Those driving should be aware that Spadina Avenue is currently blocked in both directions at St. Andrew’s Street while Dundas Street remains blocked between Spadina Avenue and Kensington Avenue. Those planning on walking through Chinatown today should also be aware that a hazardous material crew has been spotted at the scene, meaning the air around the flames could contain toxins.
Unfortunately, crews are also wrestling against pelting freezing rain which Pegg says is "hampering" their ability to overcome the urgent situation.
The news of yet another massive fire breaks just five days after a heroic crew of local firefighters battled flames for 12 chilling hours last Thursday evening in order to save the Agincourt Recreation Centre. The freezing weather that night had made emergency crews night problematic as the water they were attempting to spray the fire with quickly began to freeze.
It is not known at the moment if anyone was inside the building when the fire started or firefighters have any suspicions of arson, but more information is likely to flood in after the flames have cleared.