6-alarm fire 1 block from Toronto's Bakka Phoenix bookstore
625 Queen West gutted; Bakka's at 697 QW
Not surprisingly, I can't get through on Bakka's phone line; but I don't think they've been caught up in the disaster. Bakka Phoenix is Toronto's oldest SF bookstore, kind of a Mecca for SF travelers. It's where Cory Doctorow worked before he published his first novel; myself, Peter Watts, and many other Canadian SF writers have held book launches and signings there.
A six-alarm fire is one level below the maximum on Toronto's scale. I'm not sure what seven would look like, but this one involves over 100 firefighters, a dozen fire trucks, and essentially an entire downtown city block on fire.
The big problem is the cold and wind chill; I just saw a picture of a fire ladder completely encased in ice up against the side of a building. Whatever they spray freezes instantly, so the storefronts, streets and sidewalks in the area are quickly turning into a glacial mess. There's also a lot of smoke and transit chaos--just not a good place to be right now.
I wish the best for everybody affected; nobody's died, which is a blessing, but many people are homeless and local businesses may be devastated. It's very sad.