Early morning blaze guts Surplus Liquidator on Elm Street
An early morning fire on Jan. 12 caused between $300,000 and $500,000 to the Surplus Liquidator store at 101 Elm St., said Greater Sudbury Fire Services Platoon Chief Mike Valiquette.
Firefighters and police officers were called to the blaze at about 2:20 a.m. There was no one in the building at the time of the fire.
“The fire is not suspicious at this time,” Valiquette said.
Greater Sudbury Police Service had to close down Elm Street with barricades at College Street and at Frood Road while firefighters went to work on the blaze. Those roads are now open.
The Ontario Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to help Greater Sudbury Fire Services determine the exact cause of the fire.
“It was a difficult fire, because it's an old building, and the flames got into the roof,” Valiquette said. “Usually, fires in old buildings like this are hard to fight, because there's a lot of old, dry wood, but the guys did a good job saving what they could.”
He said it's difficult to tell how long the investigation will take, as it is just getting underway. The Ontario Fire Marshal's Office will be on site for at least a day.