Ontario Fire Marshal called to investigate Stouffville Town Hall fire
Ontario Fire Marshal called to investigate Stouffville Town Hall fire
September 12, 2017
Stouffville Sun-Tribune
Article by: Simon Martin
 
Nearly a week after a fire broke out at Whitchurch-Stouffville Town Hall, there are few answers as to what happened.
 
Town Fire Chief Richard Renaud said the department is still investigating the cause of the fire with assistance from the Ontario Fire Marshal and York Regional Police.
 
A fire broke out at Whitchurch-Stouffville Town Hall early in the afternoon on Sept. 6.
 
Employees were evacuated from the building and nobody was injured.
 
According to Renaud, the fire started in the plan examination room. A number of planning maps were damaged, but Renaud said the extent is still being assessed. The fire itself was contained to the maps area.
 
As far as monetary damage, Renaud said the fire only did minor damage with the tab being around $10,000 for new carpet and paint. That total could rise to $35,000 if the town’s map plotter is permanently damaged.
 
Renaud didn’t comment if the fire was deemed suspicious. 
 
The town had closed the planning department for the remainder of last week, but staff are back at work after the incident. 
 
Renaud was name the town’s new fire chief this summer after former chief Rob McKenzie retired.
 

Fire crews respond to a small fire at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Town Hall Sept. 6. - Rachel Burkholder photo