Updated: Downtown business up in smoke

Sault Fire Services battles an early morning business fire in the downtown core, October 13, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

Media Release from Sault Fire Services

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, shortly after 4:30 a.m., Sault Ste. Marie Fire Service crews responded to a call of a fire in a multi-unit building in the 0-100 block of Elgin Street.

Upon arrival, smoke was visible from the road. Crews were able to contain and extinguish the fire.

Further investigation revealed the cause of the fire was electrical in nature. The fire is not considered suspicious.

There is considerable damage to the building. There are no injuries to report.

Original Story @ 6:01 a.m.

Shortly after 4 a.m. this morning, reports of heavy smoke started coming in to Sault Fire Services from an address in the downtown core.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered fire coming from a building in the 0-100 block of Elgin Street, across from the MPP’s office.

The business, which appeared to be medical related, has suffered significant damage from the fire.

Every available firefighter on shift was in attendance at the call and quickly had the fire under control.

Extra firefighters were called in to staff Pumper 5. This is done when it’s deemed a large enough event that another truck needs to be staffed in case of other calls in the city. Due to the minimum amount of firefighters on a shift (16), the firefighters who would be called in will be on overtime.

Elgin Street remains closed as of 6 a.m. this morning, both Queen and Bay Streets are passable.

Stay with SaultOnline for any further information regarding this fire as it becomes available.



  1. I see where your going with this about the overtime and staffing, but reality is when they staffed additional staff they still called in an additional upstaff crew on overtime, so it’s an irrelevant fact…

      • Given that I didn’t write the article specifically pointing out the overtime need and pointing out the “minimum” 16 staffing, certainly not “stuffing the issue” just pointing out the dig… usually journalists (excluding tabloid journalists) present the facts of the incident, not bringing in narrative unrelated…

        • Oh johnny… I’m a taxpayer, just fed up or seeing staff collecting six numbers salaries that I can’t even dream about… and all is done with the taxpayers money… everyone is stuffing the mattress with the taxpayers money… did you read about OLG, just today, after Ford sent in and auditing team… they found nothing! Just a CEO singing to the bank with 700K a year salary, and he’s here in the soo, among us… walking in wallymart, home depot and crappytire like you and me. You don’t wanna hear my opinion about the fire brotherhood, believe me.

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