Fire forces evacuation in Simcoe

By Susan Gamble, Brantford Expositor

SIMCOE - Residents of a six-unit apartment building were evacuated after a significant fire on Queen Street North Saturday.
Norfolk fire prevention officer Scott Pipe said he expects damages at the building to be around $300,000 after the fire broke out in an upper end unit of the building.
“The unit where the fire began was completely destroyed and the one below it was mostly damaged by water,” Pipe said, “but the hydro had to be shut off so all the residents had to leave the building.”
The fire call came in about 12:40 a.m. and vehicles from Simcoe and Waterford responded. Pipe said the crews did an excellent job of limiting the damage from the fire.
“The cause is still under investigation but we have no reason to believe it was suspicious at this point,” said Pipe. “There’s no question of where it started. We just have to determine how it started.
“We stayed on the scene for some time to ensure it was out and then helped some of the residents get items they needed out of their homes.”
Pipe said no residents or firefighters were injured but a pet cat that couldn’t be located died in the fire.