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Parts of Downtown Grimsby became engulfed in flames this afternoon after a fire broke out in a building near the corner of Elm and Main Street.  Details are still emerging, but it appears that the fire began in the rear of a building on the southwest corner of the intersection.

We hope that everyone in the area was safely evacuated and that property damage to our historical downtown is minimized.

For further reading, see the Hamilton Spectator’s article at:

UPDATE 1:  For regular updates on the fire, head over to Twitter and visit Alexandra Heck’s (Grimsby Lincoln News/Niagara This Week) feed:

UPDATE 2:  Road closure information from Niagara Regional Police Service.  Closures expected through Friday, possible longer.


Two “debriefings” will be held tomorrow (Friday July 7) at Town Hall, Council Chambers. First meeting at 10AM for residential tenants impacted with a subsequent meeting at 11AM for businesses or commercial interests impacted.
UPDATE 4 (July 7 @ 8:45 AM):

From the Town regarding street closures:”By morning Main Street will be open from Ontario Street to Christie, both ways. Elm Street will open from TD Bank driveway moving west.
Main Street East will remain closed between Kingsway Boulevard and Ontario Street. Businesses in these closed areas will be permitted to open but will be subject to certain restrictions for pedestrian flow.”