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A six-alarm fire in a vacant “heritage building” in Toronto this morning left four firefighters with relatively minor injuries. There were some tense moments after at least two maydays were sounded. The fire, in a building that suffered a partial collapse in April, was reported around 4:00 AM. Here are excerpts from an updated Montreal Gazette story:

The “intense” blaze in the three-story building under construction on the edge of the Ryerson University campus near the intersection of Yonge and Gould streets, just north of the Eaton Centre, sent three firefighters to hospital as they fought the six-alarm fire, said Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart.

Two firefighters were injured while on the roof of an adjacent building when wind gusts sent thick smoke and debris towards the men, causing them to fall approximately four metres, said Stewart.

One of the two firefighters that fell flashed his light to the firefighters that remained on the roof, and they were pulled to safety after about 15 or 20 minutes, said Toronto Fire Service division commander Lorne Buckingham.

Visibility was very low, and there was fire in the vicinity, but neither firefighter was burned, he said.

Two other firefighters were injured as they attempted to rescue the two that had fallen

Three of the injured firefighters were taken to hospital and released in good condition, while the other was treated on the scene. One of the firefighters has lower back injuries, but no fractures, said Stewart.

The roof of the brick building collapsed and much of the rest of the structure was engulfed in flames early Monday morning, said Stewart. He described the blaze as “intense” and a “horrific situation” for the more than 125 firefighters with 32 fire trucks that were dispatched to the blaze.

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