Fire at equipment facility prompt evacuations after propane tanks explode in Rexdale

Toronto police say a three-alarm fire at an equipment rental facility in Rexdale was caused after propane tanks exploded, leading to the evacuation of nearby businesses.

Officers were first notified of explosions at a building in the Racine Road and Brydon Drive area, near Rexdale Blvd., around 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police confirm the three-alarm fire happened at Cooper Equipment Rentals after propane tanks exploded in the unit, located at 40 Racine Road.

Toronto Fire Services tells CityNews they received reports of propane explosions. Crews were dispatched around 3:30 p.m., and adjacent buildings were evacuated. Firefighters are now working to control the spread of flames.

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Video shared to CityNews by an employee of a nearby business in Rexdale, where a three-alarm fire forced the evacuation of the area. Photo: CityNews submission.

Fire chief Matthew Pegg says he joined crews in responding to the three-alarm fire.

No injuries have been reported.

Toronto police are urging the public to stay away from the area as crews battle the blaze.

Road closures are in place as Racine Road is closed from Martin Grove Road to Kipling Avenue.

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