No injuries have been reported so far.
UPDATE 8:36 PM Jason McNamara, Cornwall’s hottest photographer made it to the site and pinged this in.
From Heather David:
More updates to come.
From Robert Sel at 9:19
Corus is reporting on their website that they can’t access their station. We’re not sure if the evac order was given or not and they are operating via satellite.
More from Robert Sel
Richard Komorowski just reported to us that some residents are hosing down their houses. More pics and info to come in. We’re also received unconfirmed reports that the fire may have started in Source Wood Products, but we have no confirmation yet.
From Richard Komorowski again
I don’t think I got any good shots, but there was a volcano of cinders and ash flying from the building and landing in the area south of Montreal Rd., between McConnell and Alice. This is where the residents were out in force with garden hoses.
A large spectacular fire erupted early Sunday evening in the historic Cotton Mill district of Cornwall’s waterfront.
As of 11:00pm, Cornwall Fire Services personnel have contained the fire to the abandoned four story building at the west end of the Cotton Mill area.
Fire crews are concentrating on ensuring that the nearby Weave Shed (east end of the area) is not affected. It is expected that parts of the affected building will burn for some time. The Ontario Fire Marshall’s office has been contacted.
The Cornwall Community Police Department has established a perimeter around the site in question for safety reasons (parts of the building are unstable and could collapse at any time) and to allow fire crews to complete their work.
The perimeter is as follows:
McConnell/ Prince Albert St.
The City of Cornwall’s Municipal Works Department is erecting barricades where possible.
Additional information will be available Monday.
why would you compare our crime rate to big cities. Most local kids have everything and are lazy
I agree with “Cathy B.” who wrote how much of a shame it is to see such history go up in flames. I loved that building, I love old historic buildings, I used to walk along the water, then around the building just to admire it, it’s an awful shame, beautiful building full of history.
I wouldn’t be here if it wasen’t for the mill!
My grandmother and grandfather met there.
I’m sure my grandfather could tell you good things the cotton mill had to offer.
I’m pretty sure that mill was the location of the first electric lighting in Canada. Such a shame to see history burn like that…