Area of downtown Hanover will stay closed after devastating fire

Firefighters from multiple stations battle a blaze in downtown Hanover on May 20, 2022. (Image courtesy of Hanover Police Service)

The investigation into a fire in downtown Hanover will continue over the next several days.

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, Hanover Fire Department and Hanover Police Service are cooperating in the investigation.

According to Hanover Police, 10th Street in the downtown core, between 9th Ave., and 10th Ave., will stay closed through the weekend to both motorists and pedestrian traffic.

Storefronts are being asked to request customers to enter their businesses only through back entrances off the alleyways.

The fire-gutted buildings, known as the former Forum Hotel rooming house and Fabulous
Fashions clothing store, were destroyed by Thursday’s fire and will be demolished for safety reasons.

Johnny K Sports, a sporting goods store, continues to be assessed and a better understanding of that damage will be known as the clean up gets underway.

The Hanover Police Service says it has received no reports of missing persons and all known residents of the fire-gutted buildings have been located and are accounted for at this time.

Meanwhile, community partners continue to engage all displaced residents to meet their primary and urgent needs as longer term planning continues.

The Hanover Police Service is looking to talk with anyone who may have been in the area between midnight and 3 a.m. on Thursday and ask anyone with any information to contact investigators at 519.364.4280 ext. 101.

The first responder teams in Hanover are also thanking the community for their ongoing support as many local businesses and individuals have volunteered and offered their time, food and refreshments to support those in need and our first responders who are actively working the scene.