Afternoon fire at Guy St. triplex leads to road closure

14 firefighters were dispatched on Friday afternoon, in order to deal with a small fire at a Guy St. triplex. Photo taken on Friday September 25, 2020 in Cornwall, Ont. Francis Racine/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Francis Racine / Francis Racine/Standard-Freeholder

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A small fire at a Guy St. triplex on Friday afternoon led to a partial street closure of a portion of the street, between First St. and Montreal Road.

The Cornwall Fire Department received a call regarding the fire at 1:39 p.m. A total of 14 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. They were seen leaving the scene at about 2:40 p.m.

Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation by authorities, a man who lives on the second storey of the triplex told the Standard-Freeholder that he had witnessed firefighters pulling out a medium-sized wooden toy box from one of the other apartments.

According to him, on top of the box was a pillow that was engulfed in flames. After putting the flames out quickly, firefighters could be seen examining the box in order to establish the cause of the fire.

This is the second fire in less than a year in the area — five months ago, there was a fire in the building located next to the triplex.