An explosion and fire in Etobicoke that prompted a number of evacuations and a massive response from Toronto Fire and Toronto Police Services is now considered under control.
In a tweet, TPS says crews were dealing with an “active fire/explosion scene” on Tuesday evening, while Mayor John Tory says in a tweet that it involved “a large number of propane and compressed gas cylinders.”
Racine Rd & Brydon Dr
– police o/s
– @Toronto_Fire o/s
– active fire/explosion scene
– evacuation underway by emergency services
– please avoid area
– media enroute use caution
ROAD CLOSURE: Racine Rd closed from Martin Grove Rd to Kipling Ave#GO1178328
— Toronto Police Operations (@TPSOperations) June 21, 2022
This is happening near Racine Road and Brydon Drive and a number of businesses in the area have been evacuated by emergency services.
The @Toronto_Fire is on scene of what is now a 3rd alarm on Racine Rd in Etobicoke.
— Kyle.Taylor (@livingbyyyz) June 21, 2022
There are also a number of road closures in the area and TTC buses were brought on scene for shelter.
TFS is currently mitigating a 3-alarm fire on Racine Rd (betw. Martin Grove Rd/Kipling Ave) in a defensive mode. Buildings in the area have been evacuated & roads in the area are closed. Please avoid the area. Thankfully there are no reports of injuries at this time. #Toronto
— Toronto Fire Services (@Toronto_Fire) June 21, 2022
There are no reports of injuries and Toronto’s Mayor has also taken to social media to thank first responders.
Thank you to all members of the @Toronto_Fire Service who responded to a 3-alarm industrial fire in Etobicoke this afternoon. This fire involved a large number of propane and compressed gas cylinders.
— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) June 21, 2022
People also took to Twitter to share photos of the incident.
Like the wise man Lil Wayne said once. “The block is hot, the block is hot, ha, ha-ha” lol explosions in rexdale today. #explosion #propane #boom #smoke #fire #ems #rexdale #etobicoke #evacuation #burn #toronto #ontario #Canada pic.twitter.com/HG2GCIXR6f
— Mauri (@mauriceo512) June 21, 2022