Three-alarm fire closes portion of Yonge St.
A three-alarm fire at a highrise building has closed Yonge Street at Davenport Road Wednesday morning.
This being the building at 914 Yonge Street on the north side of Davenport, right across the road from the Canadian Tire.
The fire broke out around 5:30 and were apparently sparked by water in an electrical room in the basement. The water could have been a result of an earlier water main break. Fire officials say the blaze is contained to the basement where the electrical unit is located, but they are trying to find the source.
Fire officials are asking people who live in the building to remain in their units because there's no active blaze, just smoke that is drifting upwards. Power in some parts of the building is out.
Some residents evacuated on their own accord and say the communication system in the building wasn't working at the time of the fire. It's not yet known when those residents will be allowed to return.
The fire marshal's office has been called in to investigate because crews believe there was a hydro vault explosion that occured when the water leaked into the basement.
As many as 18 trucks and 70 firefighters responded.
A nearby pet shop was evacuated and some animals were treated for smoke inhalation.
Yonge Street is closed between Davenport Road and Belmont Street.