Toronto 2011: Bell Lightbox Blaze Draws Fire Trucks

A minor fire in a condo storage locker adjoining the Bell Lightbox complex was quickly extinguished by sprinklers and firemen arriving on the scene.

TORONTO – Fire trucks were called Thursday to Bell Lightbox, the headquarters for the Toronto International Film Festival, to put out a minor garage fire.

A festival spokesperson confirmed the blaze in a condo storage locker on the P2 level of the building.

In all, seven fire trucks, including a high rise unit from the Toronto Fire Department, answered the early-afternoon call to the high rise complex where Hollywood stars, including Madonna, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, have this week been passing through for press conferences and film premieres.

The incident began when a Bell Lightbox security guard spotted smoke billowing from a storage room in the garage.

Fearing it might be a mechanical fire, the guard quickly alerted the fire department, as did a parking attendant.

The minor blaze was quickly extinguished by sprinklers, and giant fans were then used to properly ventilate the Bell Lightbox garage.

No injuries were reported and the festival schedule continued uninterrupted on Thursday.

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