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Officials still determining cause of King Street fire while investigating thefts to affected apartments

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The estimated damage in the Sturgeon Falls fire is over $1 million.  West Nipissing Fire Services Chief Richard Maranda says the estimate is so high because the fire affected five businesses and 8-10 apartments.  The fire broke out Thursday night and it’s believed that it originated from the basement of Don’s Butcher Shop.  Maranda says the buildings have been released back to the owners and over the next couple of weeks a cause will be determined.

He also wants to thank the community for their help and hospitality while fire fighters were putting out the fire and cleaning up over the weekend saying many people and businesses provided drinks, meals, and anything else they could.

Meanwhile, thieves have taken advantage of the King Street fire.  West Nipissing Police reported that on Friday, they received five separate calls of break ins to apartments in the area of the fire.  Maranda says unfortunately people have taken advantage of someone else’s misery.

Police say the second floor apartments were entered with force while the tenants were away and a number of items were stolen including electronic gaming equipment and other electronics.  Officers are continuing to investigate and anyone with information is asked to contact police or to call Crime Stoppers.

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