The Hamilton Spectator
Investigation into barn fire ongoing
The Office of the Fire Marshal says it will not investigate a massive fire in rural Hamilton that destroyed as many as 55 boats being stored in a barn because the amount of damage makes it too hard to find the cause. “There is no prospect of determining origin and cause of the fire,” said OFM spokesperson Carol Gravelle, adding that “it’s due to the amount of damage.” Hamilton police continue to investigate. An estimated dollar loss has not been released, but it’s expected to be “significant” given the property destroyed, officials said. Emergency services were called to 2275 Golf Club Rd. shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday and found an approximately 200-by-60foot single-storey barn engulfed in flames, said Deputy Fire Chief John Verbeek. The fire spread to another barn and caused the roof to partially collapse. No one was injured. Crews on scene were told there were between 45 and 55 boats stored in the involved structure. The owner allowed the boats to be stored on the private property, Verbeek said. It’s unclear who owned the boats. By Monday morning, firefighters continued to put out hot spots under collapsed portions of the barn. Two years ago, a vacant home was destroyed after a suspect arson on the same property.