It was quite the scene Thursday morning on Parliament Street near Gerrard Street in Cabbagetown as firefighters battled a stubborn two-alarm blaze that impacted a row of commercial/residential properties.
The fire, which caused heavy smoke, broke out at around 10 a.m. at the 241 Pizza at 451 Parliament St. and quickly spread to a number of properties north of the pizza shop.
Once on scene, fire crews conducted primary and secondary searches to ensure all of the residents were safe and the above first-floor commercial units evacuated, said Dist. Chief Dan Sell from the scene.
One person, a contractor, was transported to hospital suffering from minor smoke inhalation.
Sell said that firefighters employed a “fire attack” procedure to put out the fire, which started on the main floor of 241 Pizza and spread into the walls and ceiling.
“The fire was in the walls, which required a bit of work and manpower.”
A total of 17 fire vehicles responded to the call.
Kyle Humphrey lives above the pizza shop.
“We heard a banging at the door, so we grabbed our stuff and left,” he said.
“Firefighters were on the scene in two minutes.”
Coffee in hand, he watched in disbelief as fire crews extinguished the fire and investigated its cause.
One of the impacted business owners also stood on the sidewalk across from her shop visibly upset.
The origin of the fire is now under investigation.
“Our efforts are going to turn now to determining the cause,” Sell said.
Parliament Street from Carlton to Gerrard streets was temporarily off limits to motorists. It has since reopened.