CORNWALL – Cornwall police were holding the scene Tuesday morning of a basement fire at an apartment building on Race Street.
A number of tenants were forced out of the building after the fire started late Monday night at 31 Race Street – a large boxy building with blue siding.
The multi-plex, which looks like it has three or four apartment units, sits on the northwest corner of Race Street and Bergin Avenue.
Two police cruisers were stationed outside around 9 a.m. and one officer could be seen speaking to someone inside through the smashed out basement windows on the side of the building facing Bergin Avenue.
One man, presumably a tenant, spoke with the police officer before briefly going inside one of the units in the back of the building.
Police spokesman Stephanie MacRae says two separate investigations – one by the fire department and one by the police – are ongoing. “We are still in the early stages of the investigation and will provide more details at a later time,” MacRae told Cornwall Newswatch.
Cornwall Fire Services officials were not immediately available for comment.