A fire that destroyed two downtown buildings last week was not deliberately set according to an Ontario Fire Marshal investigation.
The massive fire was first reported around 5:15am on January 31. Fire Crews spent the day fighting the stubborn fire in sub zero weather.
The investigation has not yet determined the cause, the origin of the fire appears to be in one of the apartments above one of the buildings. Ontario Fire Marshal James Allen is still trying to determine the exact cause.
The buildings were originally constructed in the 1940’s and did not meet today’s building code standards as far as thickness of walls between buildings. Demolition of 220, 224 and 232 Queen Street East began last weekend.
The fire affected three long time businesses in the downtown, namely Ezio’s Hair Design, House of Comics and Collectibles and William R. Scott’s law office
No one was hurt in the fire. The investigation is still on-going.