Walton Street fire investigation wrapping up

The charred remains of an upper floor apartment on Walton Street in Cornwall, Ont. are soaked by the rain on Thursday, April 6, 2017. No one was injured in the fire in the four-plex. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A fire investigation should be wrapping up later today (Friday) into a blaze at a multi-unit apartment building in the city’s east end.

The fire at 206 Walton Street, near the intersection of Alice Street, started around 6:58 a.m. Wednesday morning. It started in an upper floor unit.

“It was contained to one apartment of a four-plex. The guys did a really good job in stopping it from progressing to the rest of the building in light of some of the strange construction in the roof area of that building,” Fire Chief Pierre Voisine told Cornwall Newswatch.

Voisine said the tenants who were home were able to get out unharmed before firefighters arrived.

The tenants in “at least two apartments” were displaced at the time of the fire but the fire chief couldn’t say on Thursday whether that’s still the case.

There were no injuries.

It’s been a busy week for firefighters – they have responded to at least 13 calls for service between Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, including another house fire on First Street East.

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