City Hall was evacuated and closed Thursday due to a basement fire that started at noon.

Fire at City Hall causes evacuation of building

Blaze started in building's basement after ladder hits transformer section

A basement fire at Toronto City Hall forced people working in the building to evacuate Thursday.

The fire, which started around noon, left City Hall closed and without power for the rest of the day. City employees, however, were allowed back at around 4 p.m. to get their belongings.

Toronto Fire District Chief Greg Weeks said the fire originated in the building’s hydro vault room.

City Hall employees gather outside after the fire evacuation on Thursday.
City Hall employees gather outside after the fire evacuation on Thursday. (Jasun Singh)

“While Hydro was doing some work, a ladder slipped and hit the section of the transformer which caused the outage,” he said.

Toronto Hydro spokesperson Tanya Bruckmueller said there were no serious injuries, but that two city employees were taken to hospital due to minor smoke inhalation.