Town of Grimsby, Friday, July 7, 2017, 4:30 pm
After 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017, a major fire ignited in downtown Grimsby, at the southwest corner of Elm Street and Main Street East which Firefighters from the Towns of Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln were continuing to fight into early Friday morning. The fire caused extensive damage to a number of businesses and apartments.
On Friday morning two debriefings were held for residential and business owners respectively who were impacted by the fire were held in the Council Chambers, Grimsby Town Hall, 160 Livingston Avenue, Grimsby. The meetings were an opportunity for residents and businesses in the area to ask questions relating to the situations they were dealing with regarding the fire. Both were well attended, extra seating needed to be added for the meeting held for businesses. Commercial and residential tenants and property owners impacted by the fire who were unable to attend the debriefings are requested to contact the main switchboard of the town of Grimsby at 905-309-2005 to leave their contact information so that they may receive any further updates from the Town.
The Fire Marshal has completed their investigation onsite; however, the final report will not be available until results of tests are returned and evidence examined. The structural engineers have completed their site investigation and although the final report remains pending it has been established that the buildings are not safe to enter. The properties have been barricaded to prevent unlawful entry and for the protection of the public. The properties have been released to the property owners. The Municipality facilitated a coordinated meeting of owners and insurers as initial attempt to encourage an expedited resolution in the interest of all.
At this time much of the downtown has been reopened with the following roadway restrictions as established by the Niagara Regional Police:
- Main St. E. (eastbound lane only) closed between Ontario and Elm St.
- No access to Elm St. from Main St.
While more updates may be provided at some point, this is the last of the regular media releases on this matter.