Bridgewater blaze called “suspicious”

The devastating fire that tore through several buildings on King Street on Sunday night is being called "suspicious in nature," and the investigation has been turned over to the Bridgewater Police Service.

The Bridgewater Fire Service and the Fire Marshall's office began a joint investigation of the blaze on October 24, but a structural engineer declared 535 King Street, where the blaze began, as unsafe, according to a news release from the Bridgewater Police.

A drone and backhoe were used to probe the building, but the exact point of origin of the fire has yet to be determined. According to police, "the fire will remain suspicious in nature."

The insurers have brought in private security overnight and the building in which the fire originated will be demolished on October 25.

King St from Old Bridge to Phoenix will be closed for vehicle and pedestrian traffic on the west side until the scene can be made safe for the public's use.

Sunday night's fire damaged a number of King Street businesses, including a wholesale store, a marijuana dispensary, and a Rogers outlet. Twelve fire departments, including ones from as far away as Chester and Liverpool, were brought in to the battle the blaze that lasted into the early morning hours.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police Service.

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