Update: Suspected Arson at Former School


Flames blazed at former St. Veronica school late last night.

Located at 309 East Balfour Street in Sault Ste. Marie, this is allegedly the third fire at the site in two months. The fire was reported at approximately 11:30pm Thursday evening. Sault Police Services arrived on scene at 3:30am to extensive damages on the property.

According to a witness, four fire trucks rushed to the scene to extinguish flames that had started in the gymnasium area of the building. The witness also said that two paramedic trucks were on stand by, but that no one was injured or harmed at the scene. Sault Police have confirmed that this was arson, but the exact cause has not yet been determined.

Due to its deteriorating condition, people are asked to stay away from the building.

More on the cause of this fire as the information becomes available.

Riley Smith
Riley Smith is an enthusiastic and versatile critical thinker who has been with SaultOnline since January 2018. She holds a double Honours Degree in History and Political Science from Algoma University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations and Event Management from Sault College. She is Google Marketing Fundamentals certified, and is also working towards a Certificate in Diversity and Intercultural Relations. When she's not reporting, you can find her MC'ing the Soo Greyhound home hockey games, spending time with her basset hound, Douggie, or seeing the world one breathtaking view at a time.


  1. That school is just like all the others that were built in the 50’s and 60’s. There is so much asbestos that its cheaper to tear down and rebuild then it is to renovate.

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