Windsor

Arson unit at scene of 'suspicious' fire that burned apartment, restaurants

Windsor's fire department says the trouble started at the corner of Marentette Avenue and Erie Street around 3:25 a.m.
Fire crews had a fire at Erie Street and Marentette Avenue under control early Thursday morning. (Aadel Haleem/CBC/Twitter)

Arson investigators are on the scene of a fire that burned an apartment building and two restaurants early Thursday morning.

Fire investigators are also on scene and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called.

"I would deem it suspicious at this moment in time," deputy fire chief Brian McLaughlin said.

Windsor's fire department said the trouble started at the corner of Marentette Avenue and Erie Street around 3:25 a.m.

When crews arrived, they described encountering "heavy fire conditions."

Two aerial trucks were used to hose down the buildings.

McLaughlin said there is a "significant amount of damage" to the buildings and it appears that a portion of the roof has collapsed.

Masaya Cafe and Lounge at 781 Erire St. E. was one of the buildings on fire.

The power had been cut to about 2,600 homes and businesses in the area while crews fought the fire.

Power was restored just before 7 a.m.

Crews were packing up hose and trucks shortly after 9 a.m.

Eries Street is closed indefinitely between Elsemere and Louis avenues. (Patrick Kelly/@DaMarketingGuy/Twitter)

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