A tiny 1½ -storey home posed several obstacles for nearly 75 firefighters who battled a three-alarm blaze that began about 8 p.m. in Kensington Market.
The unique challenge with 12½ Kensington Ave. was that it sits in the backyards of other small homes.
"So now you have this house that's surrounded by other houses and you don't have access to it, except for little laneways," Toronto Fire Captain Adrian Ratushniak said . "It's so difficult to get to this place. ... You'd have to see it to believe it."
The fire moved quickly from the ground floor, into the attic, and then through the roof, before spreading to one of the neighbouring homes. Damage is estimated at $350,000.