Department Store Blaze Injures Three Firemen
The Metropolitan Department store on Yonge Street in the City of Toronto, Ont., was badly damaged by a severe fire that swept through the second and third floors, and also threatened to spread to the adjoining buildings.
The fire originated in the basement where chickens were being roasted and the flames shot up the ventilation system and then spread through the partitions from the basement to the top floor.
The alarm was sent in at 5:30 a.m. front Box 34, and when the first companies arrived, they found the building enveloped in dense smoke. Assistant Deputy Chief Peter Hurd ordered a second alarm to be transmitted. This was received at the fire alarm switchboard at 5:34 a.m., calling out Chief George Sinclair, five engine companies, two aerial trucks, and one high pressure truck.
The fire was fought from lays off Yonge Street from the ladders and also two lays into the building. Additional streams were played off the adjoining rooftops.
When firemen had fought the blaze for approximately ten minutes, an explosion caused by back draft hurled glass and other debris into the street, causing injury to two firemen. Several were overcome by the dense clouds of smoke.
At 7:50 a.m. the second alarm sections were sent home, and by 9:30 a.m. the fire was out.
Chief George Sinclair was hit by a street car, injuring his shoulder, but he continued on with his work.
Fifteen lines of 2 1/2-inch hose were used.