Hamilton police, fire crews on scene of suspicious blaze downtown


Published September 13, 2021 at 7:47 am

Hamilton firefighters battle a fire a building undergoing renovations on King St. E on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. — Hamilton Fire Department

The Hamilton Fire Department (HFD) remains on the scene of a suspicious overnight fire at a building undergoing renovations in the city’s downtown Monday (Sept. 13).

At approximately 1:45 a.m., firefighters were called to 433 King St. E between Victoria and East Avenue to reports of a structure fire.

According to an HFD press release, upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke and a well-involved fire on the first floor of the 2.5-storey building.

The fire was quickly upgraded to two-alarm and more crews arrived on the scene where, once a fence surrounding the building was removed, firefighters aggressively attacked the fire with multiple hose lines and quickly brought the blaze under control.

No one was located inside the building and no injuries have been reported, so far, the release said.

The main floor of the building sustained significant damage and the second floor fared little better with HFD reporting fire and smoke damage there as well. The dollar amount of estimated damage is yet to be determined.

“The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, however, due to the suspicious nature, the Office of the Fire Marshal is being called in to assist with the investigation,” the release said.

Hamilton Police are on the scene Monday as well to secure the scene as fire crews complete extinguishment of hot spots and conducting a fire watch.

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