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Close call between fire next to railroad tracks and train carrying hazardous materials in downtown Gravenhurst early Friday morning

Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAILY.com

GRAVENHURST — A close call between a structure fire — next to the railroad tracks that run through the centre of town here cutting it in half — and a train carrying hazardous materials that had to be stopped by firefighters as it approached the blaze, was narrowly averted early Friday morning.

A "subborn" structure fire next to the CN rail line Thursday night into Friday took 30 firefighters to extinguish.

A “subborn” structure fire next to the CN rail line Thursday night into Friday took 30 firefighters to extinguish. (Gravenhurst Fire photos)

The “stubborn” late night fire that began Thursday close to midnight on John Street South near the dog park, had 30 firefighters working into the daylight Friday trying to put it out.

Flames from the fire could be seen on Muskoka Road, looking over the hill at the town and Horticultural Society gardens at the intersection of Main Street.

And shooting up next to the railroad tracks, as the train approached, stopped, then continued about 2 a.m. Friday as firefighters continued battling the blaze into the night.

Heavy smoke filled the air for blocks, near the Shopper’s Drug Mart and Canadian Tire Gas Bar.

Power was also out for blocks around the site, including on the town’s main street.

It was lucky that it did not cause more potential damage, being next to the rail line, that runs through downtown Gravenhurst.

Little was left of the building at the south end of John Street near the dog park, as firefighters cleaned up after a long night battling the blaze.

Little was left of the building at the south end of John Street Friday morning near the dog park, as firefighters cleaned up after a long night battling the blaze.

Gravenhurst Fire Chief Larry Brasard said in a release just before 9 a.m. Friday that at about 11:30 p.m., June 8, the Gravenhurst Fire Department was alerted to a fire at 570 John St.

The caller reported seeing flames and smoke at the empty, derelict building.

Brassard said about 30 firefighters from Stations 1 and 2 responded to the blaze.

“A well-established fire was burning inside the old building when we arrived. The deep-seated fire had taken a hold of the building which had obviously seen multiple renovations over the years.”

Brassard said fire crews “worked for several hours on the stubborn blaze before it took complete control of the building. Firefighters then concentrated on safety and protection of other nearby properties.”

He said firefighters worked at the scene into the daylight hours.

No cause has been established for the fire and there is no estimate of damage.

Brassard says the fire department wishes to thank members of the Ontario Provincial Police, Muskoka Paramedic Services and Veridian Hydro, which also attended the incident to support the extinguishment efforts as well as neighbours who supplied refreshments.

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