Leadership

Toronto Battles Demolition Area Fire

Issue 11 and Volume 130.

Toronto Battles Demolition Area Fire features While a charge against the demolition contractor by the fire department awaited its day in court, the greatest fire in Toronto in 70 years swept spectacularly through a group of partly demolished buildings in the downtown area last May 9. Several buildings in three different city blocks were being razed and automatic sprinklers and other fire protection facilities were no longer serviceable when the fire struck. Carried by gusting winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour, fist-sized embers rained among neighboring skyscrapers. The fire cleaned out three large, four-toeight-story warehouse and retail buildings while the Toronto Fire Department strove desperately to limit damage in neighboring and downwind buildings. An occupied 10-story building and a church were badly damaged while several other buildings suffered lesser exposure damage. The fire department fought major battles to limit the damage in the 130year-old Holy Trinity Church, protect…

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