Early this morning a good chunk of Queen West, near Portland, burnt to the ground in a 6-alarm fire. Duke's Cycle, in operation since 1914, is gone. As is National Sound, where I bought my turntable. Same goes for Preloved, Suspect Video, Nikolau and a number of other businesses and apartments. One of the worst parts is that the neighbourhood had just been designated a heritage area, in part to save it from becoming part of a huge condo/retail development planned for the adjacent parking lot. Who knows what will happen to that block now?
View of the smoke from my balcony at 8:00am this morning.