Nfld. & Labrador

Arson suspected in Grand Falls-Windsor fire

Fire crews were able to keep a blaze in Grand Falls-Windsor from affecting neighbouring businesses early Monday morning.
Grand Falls-Windsor fire chief Vince MacKenzie tweeted this photograph Monday morning, as crews mopped up fire damage inside a small business. (Courtesy Vince MacKenzie)

Police are treating an early morning fire at a Grand Falls-Windsor business as suspicious.

The blaze broke out at Hunter's Framing and Gallery on Main Street around 2:45 a.m.The rear of the business was gutted.

The scene was cordoned off as investigators began looking for a cause.

"Due to some evidence found at the scene, we determined the fire was suspicious," said RCMP Const. Rory Jeddore.

"Currently we are holding the scene, and are waiting for a fire inspector to continue the investigation into the fire."

Fire chief Vince MacKenzie lauded firefighters for preventing the fire from spreading to attached businesses, including a clothing store.

The other businesses sustained some smoke and water damage.

There are no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown.

MacKenzie said it was the third call the fire department handled in a 24-hour period. One of them involved a shed fire.