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Friday May 17th, 2013

Posted at 6:42pm

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Fire crews were called to the old Grace Hospital (Crawford and University) around 5pm Friday night after several reports of heavy black smoke coming from the building’s roof.

Arriving firefighters found thick black smoke blowing westward from the roof and flames were visible.

Firefighters set up an aerial platform and were able to knock down most of the fire within minutes.

Crews also entered the building from the ground and made their way to the roof. Fire officials say asbestos has been removed from the upper floors of the building and there were no worries for the spread of dangerous particulates in the air. Officials say that most of any combustible materials have been removed from the building due to the pending demolition and there was little risk to the rest of the building catching fire.

The fire originated on the roof and reports say it did not spread. There were no injuries. The actual cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire investigator John Lee says the materials burning on the roof were not hazardous and the fire has not affected demolition.

Grace hospital pic taken street behind at 530 pm by reader Tamara Berthiaume

smoke from the opposite side of the building by reader Sarah Kaszubik

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