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The fires of Queen West

08/15/2013 02:47 EDT | Updated 10/15/2013 05:12 EDT
Between 2005 and today's fire at Queen West and Peter Streets, there have been at least eight major fires, destroying dozens of businesses and homes, including heritage buildings, and causing millions of dollars in damage. Faulty wiring is mostly to blame, but the street's density and the age of its housing stock are also factors.

In 2008, the street suffered its most destructive fire, displacing almost 20 people and 14 businesses, and totalling around $10 million in damage.

The graphic above charts the biggest fires the area has seen in the past eight years. Click on the icon to read more about the specific fire, or see the chronological account below.

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