Suspicious alleyway trash fire on Water Street

Cornwall firefighters look at the damage after a trash fire in an alleyway between two buildings on Water Street East on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The fire is being treated as suspicious. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – City police are investigating a suspicious fire between two buildings on Water Street East.

Cornwall police, Cornwall firefighters and the Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services were called to the alleyway between 405-407 and 411-413 Water Street East around 2:45 p.m.

The buildings are near the northeast corner of Water Street and Gloucester Street North.

Acting Fire Captain Reg Quenneville told Cornwall Newswatch police officers were first on the scene and were able to snuff out the flames.

“The incident came in as a structure fire. When we arrived on scene we discovered a rubbish fire. It’s suspicious in nature. Police were initially at the scene – they extinguished the fire prior to our arrival,” Quenneville said.

Cornwall Fire Services Platoon Chief Pierre Baril and Acting Captain Reg Quenneville look at the damage after a rubbish fire in an alleyway between two Water Street East buildings on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The case has been turned over to police. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

There was piles of cardboard in the alley as well as a shopping cart stuffed with junk. The piled up cardboard, which was likely set on fire, had scorched the brick on the side of the building.

“There was no extension (of the fire) to the interior (of the building),” the captain added.

Traffic was briefly affected in the area as a section of Water Street between Gloucester Street and Marlborough Street was closed for an investigation.

There were no injuries.

The case has since been turned over to city police.

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