OPP believe Napanee fire suspicious

OPP believe Napanee fire suspicious
By Megan Balogh
Napanee Guide
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Greater Napanee Emergency Services fire crews investigate a fire at a  commercial building on Palace Road in Napanee on Tuesday morning. (Meghan Balogh/Postmedia Network)

Greater Napanee Emergency Services fire crews were called to a building fire at around 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The fire moved through the end unit of a commercial building on Palace Road.

“We got a call reporting smoke coming from a structure,” Deputy Fire Chief John Koenig said at the scene. “When we pulled up here there was heavy smoke along the roof line of this unit on the end.”

The fire was contained to the unit that houses Palace Market, an antique and collectibles store at the complex on Palace Road near the Highway 401 eastbound on-ramp.

It took crews more than an hour to extinguish the flames.

“Most of the fire was contained to the roof, but unfortunately most of the [Palace Market] unit was destroyed,” Koenig said. “It is a cathedral ceiling and the fire was between the ceiling and the roof, so it was difficult to reach it.”

The bridal shop next to the antique market was not affected by the fire, according to Koenig.

Napanee OPP were on site for much of the morning and into the afternoon, investigating what they believe to be suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire.

At noon on Tuesday, fire crews were waiting for lumber to be delivered so they could reinforce the roof in order to access the area affected by the fire to further the investigation.

According to a news release from the Napanee OPP, “The Napanee OPP Crime Unit, Napanee Fire Department and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management are working together to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

No injuries were reported, and the investigation is ongoing.

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