Fire crews battle three-alarm fire at Yonge and Wellesley

Toronto fire is investigating the origin and cause of a three-alarm fire that broke out at a building in downtown Toronto Monday night.

Fire crews responded to the area of Yonge and Wellesley around 11 p.m. Images from the scene show fire and heavy smoke billowing out of the building, which was unoccupied and under renovation.

Deputy fire Chief Jim Jessop said the building and its proximity to other establishments made it a challenge for firefighters to contain the fire.

“They’ve been able to prevent it from spreading both in the south and north of the building,” said Jessop. Fire crews were finally able to control and knocked down the fire by Tuesday morning.

There are no reported injuries as residents from adjacent buildings were evacuated. Jessop said at least two trucks will remain at the scene to monitor hotspots.

The city’s building inspectors have also been called to assess the safety of the structure. Jessop said the fire has caused the building’s roof to collapse.

Yonge St. was closed in both directions in the area for investigation but the northbound lanes and one southbound lane have since reopened.