Historic church in west end engulfed in 4-alarm blaze: Fire crews on scene fighting the flames

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Fire crews battling 4-alarm blaze at historic church in west end



“Toronto’s west end was ablaze this Sunday morning as firefighters battled a four-alarm fire at the historic St. Anne’s Anglican Church on Gladstone Avenue near Dundas Street West. The iconic church, built in 1907-1908, holds a special place in the hearts of many as a designated national historic site of Canada.

Unfolding Drama at St. Anne’s Anglican Church

As the fire raged on, adjoining properties were evacuated as a safety measure. Reports of windows breaking and heavy smoke billowing from the building set the scene for a dramatic morning. Thankfully, there were no reports of any occupants or injuries, but the damage to the church was devastating.

Despite the heroic efforts of the firefighters, the blaze took its toll on the beloved church, leaving behind a trail of destruction. With water towers and crews working tirelessly to extinguish the remaining spot fires, the community held its breath, waiting for updates on the situation.

The Aftermath and Community Impact

As the smoke clears and the extent of the damage comes to light, the impact on the community is profound. The organizers of Do West Fest, a vibrant street festival in Little Portugal, were forced to delay their festivities due to the proximity of the fire at St. Anne’s. The church’s central dome, standing tall at 21 meters (70 feet), now serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience and strength of the community in the face of adversity.

Looking Ahead

As we reflect on the events of this fateful Sunday morning, let us draw inspiration from the courage and dedication of the firefighters who risked their lives to battle the flames. Let us come together as a community to support one another in the aftermath of this tragedy, and to rebuild and restore St. Anne’s Anglican Church to its former glory. In times of darkness, it is our unity and compassion that light the way forward. #StAnnesStrong”



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