Shortly after 11:30 a.m. this morning, fire trucks were called to Wellington Street West, near Spadina Road, for a two-alarm fire. The buildings engulfed in flames were 422 and 424 Wellington St., two 19th-century heritage structures protected by the Ontario Heritage Act.
The buildings made up what was to be the base Wellington House, a slick-looking condo development by Brad Lamb. At the time the fire broke out they were vacant, though construction crews were working in the area.
— Dave Deen (@DeenStory) March 23, 2020
Many took to Twitter to share videos of the heavy black smoke that wafted through the core.
— quarantine quiche lorraine (@yorkiecult) March 23, 2020
As examples of the Queen Anne Revival architectural style, the much adored McLeish-Powell Houses have significant cultural value to the city of Toronto and are important remnants of the old character of the King-Spadina neighbourhood.
Nothing like this in Toronto. Wellington House is our most striking building to date. Can’t wait to build this world class building. For more information go to https://t.co/Iy4iYvG4RE #TorontoRealEstate #TorontoRE pic.twitter.com/6EVxeIFEh6
— Brad J Lamb (@BradJLamb) May 9, 2018
Wellington Street remains closed at Spadina Avenue due to the fire investigation. No injuries have been reported.