A two-alarm fire call drew firefighters from all five branches of Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Services to a blaze at a building next to the Angel Inn Wednesday morning.
NOTL Fire Chief Rob Grimwood said the fire burned heavily on the first floor and had started to spread to the second, causing smoke to billow from both floors.
Six firefighters entered the building and “knocked the fire down quickly,” he said.
The main blaze was under control by about 11:40 a.m., though a group of firefighters continued into the afternoon to extinguish fire contained within the walls of the building.
Grimwood said the building, a storefront that’s currently being used for storage, suffered extensive damage on the first floor. The second floor is occupied by a tenant, who was not in the building at the time.
Nobody was injured as a result of the fire, though some tourists were inconvenienced for a couple of hours.
Two women from Pennsylvania who had parked their car in front of the building were told they wouldn’t be able to move it “for a few hours,” by firefighters, and that they should try to “enjoy their extra hours of shopping.”
The entire incident saw response from about 30 firefighters, six fire trucks and Niagara EMS.
NOTL Lord Mayor Pat Darte came out to the scene, and said he was impressed with the prompt response from so many dedicated first-responders.
“It’s a true indication of how good our firefighters are,” he said.