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Fire on Queen St. - Toronto

A 6 alarm fire took out 14 addresses at the intersection of Queen and Bathurst on Wednesday, February 20, 2008. I took this shot around 8AM close to Ossington and Bloor. It shows a huge plume of smoke emanating from the site, blowing eastwards across the downtown core. A burnt smell permeated downtown throughout the morning.

 

Luckily there were no fatalities and only minor injuries. Some beautiful heritage buildings have been lost, as well as some longstanding businesses, including Duke's Bicycle, where I bought my first bike.

 

Wider shot: flickr.com/photos/aard_vark/2279666496

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Taken on February 20, 2008