Crews battling massive fire at construction site in Mississauga, Ont.: police
By The Canadian Press
MISSISAUGA – Police say a massive fire at a construction site west of Toronto that forced nearby residents from their homes is under control.
A spokeswoman with Peel Regional Police says the fire started at about 7 p.m. Friday in the Streetsville area of Mississauga, Ont.
Const. Iryna Yashnyk says transit buses were brought to the scene to transport affected residents to a nearby plaza.
Police could not confirm how many people were forced from their homes, but say they are expected to return sometime Friday night.
However, Yashnyk says homes in the vicinity would not have power restored until a later time.
She says there have been no reports of injuries so far.
Videos on social media from the scene showed a building engulfed in flames with smoke rising above.
Jennifer Lavergne said she was having dinner about a block away when she heard the sound of explosions.
“(The blasts) were fairly spaced out, but in a matter of 20 minutes there was about 11,” Lavergne said.
Lavergne says as she walked closer to the scene, she heard more blasts, counting a total of 11 over 20 minutes.
She added that the building engulfed in flames is in front of a retirement home.