Some Torontonians were greeted with black smoke instead of a sunset on Wednesday night. Toronto Police reported that a blaze had been started at a homeless encampment in the city. The Gardiner Expressway fire was reported just before 9 p.m. near Lakeshore and Spadina Avenue. 

According to Gardiner Lakeshore's Twitter account, all eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway were shut down to traffic as fire crews arrived on the scene to battle the overgrown flames. 

Just before 10 p.m., the westbound lane was reopened while the eastbound one remained closed.

Videos of the thick smoke billowing into the sky appeared on social media throughout the night. The smoke was so opaque that in some photos there appears to be no visibility on the road. 

Despite the flames, Toronto Police state that no injuries were reported and that the blaze was put out quickly. 

According to City News, Toronto firefighters found garbage and debris on site which had been lit up to cause the thick smoke. 

Just hours early, city staff were in the same area to clean out a variety of the trash that had built up under the highway.

 

Whether or not these two incidents are connected is still unclear. 

However, this isn't the first time that fires have been reported in this area. 

 

The Spadina and Lakeshore area is known to have tents and a homeless encampment that is situated under the highway's off-ramps. 

On May 19, another blaze was reported in the area, according to a tweet from the Gardiner Lake Shore. 

Back in March, four separate fires were reported under the highway in two weeks.  

 

 

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