Structural Safety Of Clinton Fire Scene Examined MondayMarch 20, 2017 4:38am
An engineer will be on site Monday to conduct an examination of what’s left of the buildings that were destroyed or damaged in Saturday’s fire in downtown Clinton.
Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn explains the investigation will determine whether they buildings will have to be torn down.
Ginn say because the buildings — including the Made in Huron block — are privately owned, the municipality does not have the authority to demolish them unless they’re deemed to present a safety risk.
If the engineer decides the buildings are not safe, the municipality can have them demolished. If they are considered safe the decision would then rest with the owners.
The section of London Rd. Hwy. 4 between Huron St. and Rattenbury St. remained blocked off Monday.
Meanwhile, 47-year-old Ronald Davis of Central Huron has been charged with arson with disregard for human life, and fail to comply with a probation order.
A fire in the same building last August was deemed “suspicious” and the building has been empty since then.