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Fire at Watson’s Home Hardware cause determined as electrical

After the devasting fire that gutted Watson’s Home Hardware in Goderich, the cause has been determined as electrical.

The cause had remained unknown while the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, along with the help of the Goderich Fire Department, investigated the blaze from May 25.

Despite the slow burn of the blaze, officials say there is no evidence that the fire was set intentionally.

Goderich Fire and other Huron County fire crews spent Saturday night into Sunday morning extinguishing a devastating fire at Watson’s Home Hardware on Highway 21. No injuries were reported.

During the blaze, a section of Highway 21 was closed as firefighters from across the county battled the seemingly unending fire.

Several pumper fire trucks filled up from Lake Huron to control the flames at Watson’s.

The devasting fire began shortly after closing, was noticed around 7 p.m., and it has been determined that the fire has caused nearly $4 million in damages.

Most of the south side of the Goderich store was destroyed. What happens next to the building and lot remains unclear.


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