Photos of 1880’s building at Queen and Peter St. gutted by fire-30 Oct. 2012

While hurricane Sandy roared through Toronto during the early-morning hours of 30 October 2012, fire roared through a historic building on Queen Street West. Streetcar service was halted as firemen fought the blaze. At ten o’clock in the morning, fire hoses continued to pour water into the site to prevent any residual smoldering hot-spots from reigniting. The building has been completely destroyed.


The Roots Store that was gutted was to the west of the famous “Silver Snail” comic book store, and was two doors east of the Peter Pan Bistro at 373 Queen St. West.


The rear wall of the building collapsed, revealing the buildings to the rear of the premises.

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                                    Pouring water into the site.


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