The cause of a blaze that destroyed a Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Hamilton is under investigation.
Hamilton firefighters, police and EMS were called to a building on Kenilworth Avenue shortly after midnight and found a well-involved fire on the second floor near the rear of the building that extended onto the roof. The call was quickly upgraded to a multiple-alarm fire.
Crews began fighting the blaze aggressively from inside the building and made their way to the second floor before they had to withdraw due to the rapidly-moving fire and deteriorating structural conditions. The roof and some outer walls of the building collapsed, although firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring properties on Kenilworth and Albany Street.
We can confirm that no one was inside the building at the time of the fire and no injuries were caused because of this incident. The building at this time is a “Total loss” says the Hamilton Fire department. The Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the cause.
Our reporter who was on scene did get a chance to speak with the owner of the building. They owner stated that the building was supposed to be in use this morning around 8:00am for a New Year’s celebration.