Fire de­part­ments tack­led fire in down­town Yar­mouth

Fire con­tained to sec­ond-storey busi­ness but heavy wa­ter dam­age to yoga stu­dio be­low

Tri-County Vanguard - - EXTRAS - CARLA ALLEN THEVANGUARD.CA

A fire on the sec­ond level at 350 Main St. was knocked down be­fore it had a chance to spread fur­ther last week, avert­ing cer­tain dis­as­ter in Yar­mouth’s down­town.

Kate and Joe Giglio own the build­ing and op­er­ate their busi­ness, Su­per­nova Power Yoga, be­neath where the fire oc­curred. The fire took place at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Your New Ad­dic­tion Cus­tom Tat­too is lo­cated above the yoga stu­dio.

The build­ings on ei­ther side of the fire, Run­ners At­tic/Hamil­ton’s Fine Cloth­ing, and the Wool Shoppe were not dam­aged.

Kate Giglio, who iron­i­cally had a flat tire on the way to the fire, says they are grate­ful to the per­son who called 911 to re­port the fire.

It was re­ported some­one no­ticed flames in the above unit and called 911.

“It could have been worse. If they (fire­fight­ers) hadn’t got there when they did, I think the whole build­ing would have gone down.”

Had the fire not been no­ticed by a passerby, there was also the chance that ad­ja­cent build­ings could have been dam­aged or de­stroyed if the fire had spread un­de­tected.

Giglio said the day af­ter the fire that although there was lots of wa­ter dam­age in the stu­dio, of­fers to as­sist with the cleanup are pour­ing in.

“That’s very hum­bling. It means a lot. You just feel lost when some­thing like this hap­pens,” she said.

They hoped to re­open the first week of De­cem­ber, how­ever in a Face­book post on Satur­day that noted that while the stu­dio is dry­ing out, the wood floor will need “a lot of TLC or com­plete re­place­ment.” They ex­pected Mon­day evening, af­ter this news­pa­per’s press dead­line, to have a bet­ter idea of when they could re­open. They were also go­ing to Face­book Live some yoga ses­sions for those who have been tak­ing their classes.

Yar­mouth Chief John Ver­rall said last week ini­tially the call was a mu­tual aid one, but when it be­came ap­par­ent help was not re­quired, Lake Vaughan and Port Mait­land fire­fight­ers re­turned to their com­mu­ni­ties.

The sus­pected cause of the fire was elec­tri­cal.

The im­pact of the fire on the tat­too busi­ness’s op­er­a­tions was not known at the time this story was writ­ten.

CARLA ALLEN

A fire at 350 Main St. on Nov. 29 was con­tained to the sec­ond level.

CARLA ALLEN PHOTO

Lots of fire­fight­ers and equip­ment was on the scene of the fire in the down­town, which was con­tained be­fore spread­ing to other neigh­bour­ing build­ings.

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