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Fire razes Ratcliff Aircraft in South Porcupine, owner taken to hospital

A landmark in South Porcupine is in ruins this morning after a fire last night at Ratcliff Aircraft Ltd.
A fire at Ratcliff Aircraft Ltd., in South Porcupine Monday night sent the owner to hospital with undisclosed injuries, according to Timmins' deputy fire chief. (Jo-Anne Moreau Bougie/Facebook )

A landmark in South Porcupine is in ruins this morning after a fire last night at Ratcliff Aircraft Ltd. 

A hangar at the float plane airport on Porcupine Lake caught fire shortly after 8:00 p.m.

Timmins firefighters arrived to find the building's owner trying to fight the fire himself. 

Deputy fire chief Gerry Sabourin said the fire is out now. 

"Still under investigation what happened there," he said. "But [the owner] was trying to put the fire out and was taken to hospital when we arrived on scene."

Sabourin said he isn't aware of the extent of the injuries to the owner or the aircraft hangar — but the building was destroyed, along with several airplanes and sailboats inside.

The Ministry of Enviroment will assess possible contamination at the site on Porcupine Lake. 

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