Outage at Toronto Carrier Hotel
July 6th, 2009 :
A fire at a major carrier hotel in Toronto left several
data center customers offline for hours over the weekend.
Peer 1 Networks reported that a fire broke out at
2:26 a.m. Sunday (Eastern time) in an eighth-floor
electrical room at 151 Front Street, the city’s
primary telecom hub. The fire broke out in a section
of Peer 1 Networks’ colocation facility housing
UPS equipment, causing power to be shut off to the
seventh and eight floors, and prompting a vigorous
response from Toronto emergency services, which dispatched
at least 17 fire units to the building.There was a
fire which was localized to the 802 Suite UPS room
within the 151 Front Street Facility,” Peer
1 reported on its forum. “The Fire Department
mitigated the fire with dry chemical and CO2 extinguishers.
No water was used, and all PEER 1 equipment (with
the exception of the UPS), and ALL client equipment
is unharmed.” Peer 1 said it was able to bypass
the UPS system – which typically is positioned
between the utility feed and the data center –
and restore power to the affected areas by 5 a.m.
Eastern time Sunday morning.
The first broke out two days after a more serious
electrical fire at Seattle telecom hub Fisher Plaza
that left many web sites hosted at the building down
for more than a day.