Fire at vacant St. Catharines building suspicious

St. Catharines Fire Department CrestSt. Catharines Fire Services investigators have determined that a fire Thursday night at the former Trensept building was intentionally set.

At 9 p.m. Thursday, June 8, St. Catharines firefighters responded to a report of a fire at the vacant building located at 15 Yale Cr. Firefighters found smoke coming from the building and discovered fire on the inside.

Because the building was vacant, a ‘no enter order’ was issued for personnel safety and crews extinguished the fire from the outside.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries as a result of this fire.

Fire investigators were able to determine that the fire was suspicious in nature and Niagara Regional Police detectives were assigned to the incident.

Earlier this week, a kitchen fire at 12 Karen St. caused $25,000 in damage and sent one person to hospital with second-degree burns to her hand.

Firefighters put out the fire quickly, but noted the home’s address numbers were missing.

“We found that one quickly,” Wood said, adding firefighters have other ways of finding specific locations, even if the address numbers are missing. “This is really about emergency preparedness. When we go out to a call we are looking for the address.”

It’s also the law: A City by-law requires property owners to post address number for the purpose of assisting emergency services.

Most homes and businesses in St. Catharines have address numbers but some markings lack the contrast they need to stand out. Decorative elements, trees and other kinds of plants can obscure address numbers while other properties are just missing them altogether. The fire chief urges everyone to inspect the address numbers on their properties and make sure they are visible from the street.

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Source – City of St. Catharines press release


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