London

Downtown fire in Forest, Ont., estimated to cost $1M in damages

Fire crews from four different stations were on the scene of a fire in downtown Forest, Ont., Wednesday evening.

Crews tended to the fire late into Wednesday evening

A fire broke out in a multi-story brick building on King Street on Wednesday evening. Multiple area fire crews were called to the scene. (OPP West Region Twitter Page)

Fire crews from four different stations battled a blaze in downtown Forest, Ont., Wednesday evening. 

At around 5 p.m., smoke was seen billowing from the top of a multi-story brick building on King Street. 

Lawrence Swift, chief of Lambton Shores fire and emergency services, said the origin of the fire has been determined to be electrical. The damage is estimated to be upwards of $1 million. 

"A fire like this always impacts a community," Swift said. "Downtown cores have a lot of history in small towns in rural Ontario. When you lose a building in that downtown core, often, they're not replaced. A loss like this is certainly sad."

Firefighters tended to the blaze late into the evening, with OPP on the scene to close roads between Main and James streets. 

The crews managed to prevent fire from spreading to other buildings along the row of businesses on the street, but the adjacent buildings have water damage. There has been no residential impact as many surrounding buildings were already under renovation.

OPP have confirmed that there have been no injuries reported.

now