TORONTO — A fire broke out at a building under construction in downtown Toronto Saturday (Aug. 26).
Emergency crews were called to the scene at 141 Bay St., between Bay and Yonge Streets, at about 1:16 p.m.
Police reported it was a two-alarm fire. Thick black smoke was seen filling the air around the building.
Around 2 p.m. Toronto Fire Services reported crews had knocked down the main body of fire.
“Crews reported a fire on the first floor,” stated a spokesperson from Toronto Fire Service in an email to the Daily Commercial News. “Waterproofing materials being installed on the first floor ignited by falling sparks and embers from metal welding from above. Construction crews did attempt to extinguish the fire but were not able to effectively extinguish it.”
The reported constructor is EllisDon, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development confirmed in an email.
It was also reported that the site was shutdown for the remainder of the weekend, the ministry said. A ministry inspector has been assigned and the investigation is ongoing.
The fire occurred near Union Station and GO Transit shut down several tracks in the area. Roads were also closed but reopened later in the day. No injuries were reported.