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Fire causes structural damage to Kincardine buildings

An investigator with The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal will take some time to analyze his findings from the scene of a major fire earlier this week in downtown Kincardine.

Damage to the building that housed Becker’s Shoes and West Shore Clothing is pegged at $1.3 million.

“I’m evaluating all the information that I have to put together my hypothesis to determine the cause and origin. Once that’s done, then I’ll submit my report,” said investigator Clive Hubbard.

Hubbard said the fire caused some structural issues with the building that will need to be corrected prior to occupancy.

“That’s in the hands of the insurance companies now. They will work the building owners and the municipality to determine the best course of action to get the building repaired and or replaced and then reoccupied,” he added.

A GoFundMe campaign is underway to support Gaby Nagy who was a resident of an upper floor apartment. She suffered a massive loss of all of her life possessions including her beloved cat.

So far $5,600 has been raised toward a $10,000 goal.