Firefighters injured in massive factory fire

Industrial fire near Airport Rd. and Steeles Ave. (rosemm7/Twitter.com)

Industrial fire near Airport Rd. and Steeles Ave. (rosemm7/Twitter.com)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:45 PM ET

TORONTO — Three firefighters suffered serious injuries when they were battered by debris from an explosion at a storage facility just west of Toronto early Wednesday.

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services responded around 4:45 a.m. to what was initially thought to be just alarms going off at the industrial building. But the call quickly became anything but routine.

A fire was burning inside the building, which housed butane lighters, aerosol cans, and possibly bug spray.

"They were just entering the building when the explosion happened," Chief John McDougall said Wednesday.

He said the unexpected blast sent the three firefighters flying backward through the air and the trio was hit by bricks, concrete blocks and other building materials.

One firefighter, who was rushed to St. Mike's hospital in Toronto, was initially listed in critical condition but has since been upgraded to serious condition, McDougall said.

"He's conscious and talking, so that's good news," the chief said, adding the firefighter will likely need surgery to repair broken bones.


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