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UPDATE: One dead in Sault strip club fire

A 60-year-old man was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries
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2:09 p.m. update:

As a result of this fire, one person, a 60-year-old male, was transported to hospital with associated injuries and later succumbed to those injuries at the hospital.  The cause of death and the source of the fire have not yet been determined and the investigation is continuing.

Patrol officers, detectives as well as forensic identification unit officers, remain on scene awaiting the arrival of the Ontario Fire Marshalls Office in order to investigate the cause of the fire in conjunction with the Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services.

Police ask that the public use alternate transportation routes as roadways in the area remain closed at this time. Further updates will be released as they become available.

2:47 a.m. update:

Andre Trahan, the business' owner stood behind police tape shortly before 2 a.m. as firefighters continued to battle flames on the roof of the structure. He tells SooToday he was at the building when the fire broke out. He said he heard a tenant shout 'Fire! Fire!'.

Trahan said he and others checked the building to make sure people got out.

"Every room," said Trahan.

1:50 a.m. update

Fire fighters have moved back from the building and flames have broken through the roof. 

The whole roof of the building is engulfed in large flames, climbing as high as 10 feet into the night sky.

Original story: 1:25 a.m.

Fire has struck Sault Ste. Marie's only adult entertainment venue.

Large amounts of smoke can be seen pouring from the 89 Hudson Street address, now The Dime Nightclub, formerly known as Studio 10.

A city bus is on scene and members of the Canadian Red Cross appear to be tending to people displaced by the fire.

Queen Street West is blocked off for a block either side of the scene and two aerial trucks are spraying the roof of the building and its upper floor.

The call came in shortly before midnight tonight.

SooToday is on scene and will update when more information is available.




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