Crews battle 'challenging' five-alarm blaze at abandoned building

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Toronto Fire says crews remain at the site of an abandoned building near Dundas Street West and Sterling Road that caught fire on Sunday night.

As of 6:30 a.m. Monday, Toronto Fire said about 95 per cent of the fire had been put out. By early Monday afternoon, a few hot spots remained.

No injuries have been reported.

The five-alarm fire broke out on Sunday evening at 1875 Dundas St. W., an abandoned tool rental building.

Acting Chief Jim Jessop said Sunday that their crews were met with "heavy flames" and smoke coming out of multiple sides of the building and there have been internal and external collapses of the structure.

Fire investigations has also been notified, and were onsite Monday to determine the origins of the blaze, Jessop said.

Fire started at old tool rental building

The building is owned by Metrolinx, Ana Bailão, the deputy mayor of Toronto, said on Twitter. She added that it was purchased for the rail corridor expansion and it was set to be demolished soon.

Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said that at the fire's peak, 80 firefighters were there working to put out the "difficult and challenging" blaze.

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Pegg said firefighters took a "defensive approach" to battling the flames and heavy construction equipment was brought in around midnight to to deconstruct the building.

The building occupies one storey on the road and then drops another two stories to the Metrolinx tracks below.

As a result, Metrolinx had stopped trains from running in the area. The Union Pearson Express train to Toronto Pearson International Airport had also been paused in both directions, but has since resumed regular service.