Band's set shortened by fire at Colonial

By Nicholas Pron, Toronto Star

The Frank 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.

He 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.