Firefighters investigate arson at Preston's Grand River Hotel

Cambridge firefighters are investigating an early morning fire at Preston's Grand River Hotel, which resulted in one person being sent to hospital and numerous residents being evacuated from adjoining apartments.

Cambridge Fire Chief Neil Main told the Times it will be investigated as arson. The victim was treated and released from hospital with minor injuries.

The fire at the hotel, located on King Street East between Dolph Street South and Union Street North, broke out at about 9 a.m., with witnesses reporting flames and heavy smoke coming from the building. Fire crews had the fire under control an hour later.

The Ontario Fire Marshal's office and police’s general investigation’s branch will be called in for the investigation.

Everyone was safely evacuated from the building, and paramedics were on site to provide treatment for residents.

The estimated damage as a result of the fire is $500,000. Anyone with information is encouraged to call police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The hotel's parking lot was the site of an April 27 shooting that led to the arrest of a 33-year-old Kitchener man.

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