Band's set shortened by fire at
By Nicholas Pron, Toronto Star
Soda band was just about to play its last set of the night when flames started
shooting out from the stage underneath them, forcing the band and about 60
people from The Colonial tavern onto Yonge St. last night.
"I know we're
a hot band, but I didn't think we were that hot," said Don McCallum, 32, the
road manager for the Toronto-based heavy metal group.
McCallum said he
and some of the band members tried to put out the fire by using an extinguisher
and a hose, but then fled the tavern located just north of Queen St.
said the band had about $70,000 worth of equipment on stage and was worried it
would be damaged in the fire, which is believed to have started in the basement
area of the two-storey building. There were no injuries, and all the patrons
left in orderly fashion, McCallum said.
Firefighters used an aerial truck
and poured water on the roof of the building after the 11:30 p.m. fire had
spread. It took firefighters more than 30 minutes to put out the blaze and no
estimate of damage has yet been given.