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Brunswick Street fire was set deliberately: Police

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An early Saturday morning fire that displaced residents and caused more than $1 million in damage to a multi-unit residential building in downtown Stratford was set deliberately, police said Wednesday.

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According to a news release from Stratford police Const. Darren Fischer, a stack of wooden skids outside of 18 Brunswick St. was set on fire and the flames spread quickly from there.

All of the building’s residents escaped the blaze with the help of employees from a nearby business, police also confirmed.

An investigation is ongoing. Police are requesting businesses operating video surveillance on Brunswick Street, Albert Street or Ontario Street, between Downie and Waterloo streets, to contact them.

Anyone who may have information related to the incident can also contact Stratford Police at 519-271-4141, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

City hall has also issued two orders under the Building Code Act.

CAO Joan Thompson said in an email Wednesday an Unsafe Order has been issued due to the fire and the condition of the building, which means the owner is required to obtain a professional engineer’s report to determine whether it is safe to enter.

A second order prohibits entry into the building until the Unsafe Order is lifted.

“The owner has been in contact with the city about next steps,” Thompson said.

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