Fire at Ark Aid Street Mission causes $50K in damage

London firefighters battle a large fire behind a business on Dundas Street near Lyle Street. May 17, 2022. Image via @LdnOntFire on Twitter.

Firefighters say wind gusts made it tricky to put out a blaze behind a downtown business early Tuesday evening.

At around 6 p.m., crews responded to a fire behind the Ark Aid Street Mission on Dundas Street near Lyle Street. Firefighters arrived and found the raised deck behind the building fully engulfed in flames.

Crews were able to get the fire under control quickly, despite the wind driving the flames to spread. The fire was mainly contained to the outside of the property.

London police were also on scene to assist with a temporary road closure while the fire department worked to extinguish the blaze. Dundas Street reopened just before 7 p.m.

No injuries have been reported.

On its Facebook page, the Ark Aid Street Mission called the fire a “terrible incident.”

“The entire rear of the building including our storage shed, stairwell and areas leading into our kitchen and our sanctuary apartment have been affected,” the organization said in a post. “We are incredibly thankful for the first responders, particularly the firefighters that attended and resolved the fire efficiently and with not injuries or people affected.”

Fire officials estimate the damage at approximately $50,000. A cause has yet to be determined however, police remain on scene investigating the incident.