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Major downtown fire

The fire started just after midnight

Fire crews are battling a significant fire in the downtown core at 162 Oak St. East.

The fire started just after midnight.

Main St. and Oak St. are closed at this time.

NBFES will be on the scene for several hours.

Motorists are asked to avoid this area says Jason Whiteley, Fire Chief.

The call came in around 12:30 a.m. with Whiteley telling CKAT it originated from the Oak Street side of the building, which houses a restaurant.

“Crews tried to make an interior attack and found there was significant fire above them.  For safety, we backed the crews out and went into a defensive mode.  We started concentrating on saving the buildings to the east and west of it,” he says.

Those buildings house MPP Vic Fedeli’s office on one side and the nurse practitioner clinic on the other side.

Whiteley says they’ve been able to contain the fire to the one building, but the roof has collapsed into the building.

He says there’s a partial occupancy upstairs on the Main Street side. He also said residents in one of the next-door buildings were evacuated and are staying in the transit terminal.

“Nobody’s been hurt, that we’re aware of right now,” he adds.

As for traffic, both the 100 blocks of Main and Oak Street East are closed.

BayToday will update.


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