Bruce Street fires under Ontario Fire Marshal investigation

Investigators with the Ontario Fire Marshal and South Stormont's fire prevention office comb over the damage to a home on Bruce Street on Friday, March 19, 2021. There have been two fires at the home in a two week period. Damage from the previous fire is seen covered up at the back corner of the home. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

SOUTH STORMONT/CORNWALL – Two fires in two weeks at the same house near Rosedale Terrace are under investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal and South Stormont’s fire prevention officer.

The latest fire happened around 11:30 a.m. Friday (March 19) at 3231 Bruce Street – the fourth home on the east side of the street, north of Cornwall Centre Road.

OFM and township investigators were still on the scene late Friday afternoon.

Speaking with Cornwall Newswatch Monday, South Stormont Fire Chief Gilles Crepeau says the investigation is ongoing and more information would be forthcoming when it’s complete.

“I can just confirm that there’s been two fires at that location in the last two weeks,” Crepeau said.

“We want to make sure we do our due diligence for the township (with the investigation),” he said.

The previous occurrence was a morning fire – around 6:30 a.m. – when a neighbour saw sparks and smoke coming from the vents of the single-storey home. The people inside were able to evacuate safely.