Barrie firefighters remain on scene of a blaze eating away at several structures – some under construction – on Edgehill Drive between Ferndale Drive and Jagges Drive.
Three under-construction apartment buildings, two neighbouring homes and some large pieces of machinery were touched by flames.
At one point, a ruptured gas meter caught fire turning into what fire officials say was something akin to a blowtorch. gas company experts had to be called to turn off the supply of gas.
One firefighter was take to RVH with an ankle injury; there were no civilian injuries.
The flames were reported by a passerby just before midnight.
The Office of the Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate. Damage may exceed $2-million.
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