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Moss St. garage a ‘total loss’ after early morning blaze

Fire isn’t suspicions, investigation into its cause ongoing

A detached garage on Moss Street in New Sudbury is a “total loss” following an early morning fire, said Greater Sudbury Fire Services’ deputy chief.

Firefighters were called to the residence at 6:30 a.m. Inside the garage was pottery equipment and chemicals used to make that pottery, said Jesse Oshell. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

“This isn’t a suspicious fire,” Oshell said, although the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The garage was converted into a studio workshop, he said. Some residents reported hearing loud bangs when the fire broke out, but it was likely due to the chemicals when the flames reached them.

“The heat and intensity of the fire, combined with the chemicals, made for a very hot fire,” Oshell said.

Firefighters were quick to douse the flames and prevent the fire from spreading to any nearby buildings, he said. With any garage fire, there’s definite concern with fuel or vehicles igniting and making the fire bigger.

“There’s a lot of potential with a garage fire, so we act quickly to keep it contained,” Oshell said. “We’re very happy the home wasn’t damaged and everyone is safe.”

One of the home’s residents was taken to hospital, but not because they were injured in the fire. They fell, and due to their age, bringing them to hospital was a precaution, Oshell said.

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