Toronto’s Taste of Little Italy festival was disrupted Sunday afternoon when a fire engulfed a College Street restaurant.
Firefighters were called to College Street between Grace and Beatrice street around 2 pm to battle the blaze in a two-storey building.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they evacuated the buildings and barriers were put in place to keep festival-goers safe. No injuries were reported.
Fire crews were able to put out the fire before it spread to the neighbouring buildings.
It has been an extremely demanding day thus far for @Toronto_Fire crews, battling a number of difficult fires in the extreme heat. On high heat days, it is very difficult to keep FF body core temps and hydration under control when wearing bunker gear. https://t.co/fS1kxy1T0Q
— Matthew Pegg (@ChiefPeggTFS) June 17, 2018
From the photos and videos circulating on social media, thick black plumes of smoke and flames can be seen from the street, which was filled with people visiting the festival.
— Stefanie Marotta (@StefanieMarotta) June 17, 2018
— Jason Lee (@jsnom) June 17, 2018
— jakejelz (@jakeg99) June 17, 2018
Crazy day at taste of little Italy. Hope everyone is ok. A+ to Toronto fire. Speedy arrival. pic.twitter.com/Mqq7NZYbkY
— Sandy Tian (@sandyclause_) June 17, 2018
— Patrick Searle (@Patrick4ONT) June 17, 2018
— Bowl Cereal (@appsbymarc) June 17, 2018
Toronto Fire is currently investigating what caused the blaze.