Encampment fire causes explosion underneath downtown bridge – Toronto Star

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A fiery explosion erupted underneath a downtown bridge late Saturday night.
A spokesperson for Toronto Fire Services said at about 11 p.m., a small fire started at a vacant encampment under the Bathurst Street Bridge at Fort York Boulevard. The fire spread through the encampment, the spokesperson said, causing propane in several propane tanks to boil and expand, resulting in what firefighters call a “boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion” underneath the bridge.
Toronto police say no one was injured and Toronto paramedics said they were not called to the scene.
Just after 11 p.m., Toronto residents reported flames and heavy smoke that emanated from under the bridge. Some posted video of the explosion on Twitter.
Firefighters put the flames out early Sunday morning.
Firefighters said it was ”impossible” to determine how the original small fire started. Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg posted a picture to Twitter of the propane tanks firefighter believe caused the explosion.
In an email to the Star, Toronto police said there will not be a criminal investigation at this time.
Firefighters added the encampment is now unliveable. They said the bridge did not sustain damage and the city’s transportation officers will inspect the bridge further on Monday.
Bathurst Street was closed most of the night between Fort York and Front Street. It has since reopened.

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