EXPLOSIONS AND THICK SMOKE FROM HYDRO FIRE IN FINANCIAL DISTRICT

May 01, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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A busy intersection in Toronto’s financial district has been shut down as police investigate a series of blasts and heavy smoke billowing up from underground – caused by a hydro vault fire.

It began around 5pm during evening rush hour and led to police herding crowds of commuters away from the scene – near King and Yonge.

Toronto Fire platoon chief Kevin Shaw said crews are waiting for Toronto Hydro to assess the situation before any further action is taken – and he says that smoke from an electrical fire is dangerous and the public should definately avoid the area.

The building at 20 King west was evacuated as a precaution.
Toronto police say no injuries have been reported – and it’s unclear how long this investigation will take .
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