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Fire destroys townhouse block under construction in Pickering

DCN-JOC News Services
Fire destroys townhouse block under construction in Pickering

PICKERING, ONT. — A fire broke out at a townhouse complex under construction in the City of Pickering, Ont. early in the morning on Feb. 10.

Pickering Fire Services received the call at 2:40 a.m. regarding a fire at a construction site at 1865 Pickering Parkway.

“Upon arrival the townhouse units were on fire,” Steve Fowlds, chief fire prevention officer at City of Pickering Fire Services, told the Daily Commercial News. “Fire and smoke had spread to adjacent units. The whole townhouse block suffered fire, smoke and water damage.”

About six units were damaged in total.

“They appeared as though they were close to finishing,” Fowlds said. “They had all been drywalled and some of the fixtures had started to be moved in.”

The homes were unoccupied at the time of the fire and there were no injuries reported.

The Pickering Fire Services investigation has concluded.

“We suspect that it was a construction heater too close to some combustibles,” Fowlds reported.

The Ministry of Labour was notified. Clean up is now underway at the site.

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