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Fire blazes blocks from campus

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By Lauren Strapagiel

A three-alarm fire broke out Wednesday evening at a vacant building on George Street just north of Dundas Street.

The scent of smoke filled the air at Ryerson’s campus shortly after emergency services were called to the fire at 291 George St. at 6:51 p.m.

The City of Toronto had to boost water pressure for the fire hoses because the flames were burning “quite intensely” said Stephan Powell from Toronto Fire Services.

Homes nearby the blaze were evacuated, said Toronto Police Staff Sergeant Andy Norrie.

He also said there have been no reported injuries and there is “no indication that there’s anyone in the building.”

Portions of George and Dundas Streets are closed as firefighters battle the flames.


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