One who was on site this morning says the fire may have started among the wigs on the second floor. Only the stone is still standing. The Gummer Block is otherwise destroyed. Clothing from And Venus Smiled was extracted from the shop with only water and smoke damage. The West End Bakery shop is smoke and ceiling and water ruined. Goldfinger's is gone. Barking Dog Studios are gone. So are the law offices. The apartment dwellers all escaped unharmed and were bussed away by the city to temporary accommodations. The first I heard of it was on Ward 2's blog.
Photographers have filled Flikr with images, many of which are being posted to Blog Guelph. The Guelph Mercury has a story on its cover.