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Flames shot into the night sky today as a two-storey home in the North End was destroyed by fire.

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Flames shot into the night sky today as a two-storey home in the North End was destroyed by fire.

The fire at 782 Flora Avenue, just east of Arlington Street, began about 5 a.m. and was extinguished an hour later.

Flora Avenue resident Alexandra Blyth, who lives across the street from the house, said the house was unoccupied but was being renovated over the past few weeks.

“There have been people there for the past three weeks, working on renovating it,” she said. “They were gutting the whole thing.”

Just after 5 a.m., Blyth said she saw the fire trucks in the street, and flames shooting out of the structure.

“They looked like they were getting it out, and then all of a sudden, the roof went up and went down,” Blyth said.

“It fell down into the structure,” she said, describing the collapse as looking “like falling into a black hole.”

One firefighter was brought to hospital by ambulance after he was hit on his helmet by falling debris.

Because the west wall of the structure was leaning perilously outward, crews demolished the remaining structure.

Blyth said there was a smaller fire at the same house a few months ago around the end of the school year.

Rush-hour traffic through the area will be snarled, with Arlington Street closed between Selkirk Avenue and Stella Avenue. Flora Avenue and Parr Street are also closed.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Randall King

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