Business scorched by fire

Firefighters on Friday afternoon still were combing through the scene of a fire that scorched a Scott Street business early this morning.
The Fort Frances Fire Department responded to 608 Scott St. after Carpet and Tile Discounters was reported being ablaze around 4:30 a.m.
Firefighters arrived to find the rear of the store on fire. While the flames were extinguished, the fire was not considered “out” as of press time today as firefighters checked for smoldering sawdust.
Firefighter Hugh McKinnon said the blaze was difficult to fight.
“There are several ceilings,” he noted. “There was a layer of dry wall and a suspended ceiling, plaster, and another ceiling. We had to cut a hole in the roof to fight the fire.
“The fire damage is contained to the back end of the building, but there is smoke and heat damage throughout the whole building,” McKinnon added.
No injuries were reported.
Insurance adjusters have yet to determine a dollar figure for the damage that appeared to gut the back of the building and included smashed door windows in the front.
The business is owned by Robert and Tess Coish.
“I feel so sorry for the Coishes,” landlord Margaret Ann Hudson said Friday morning. “His records, his equipment—they’re gone. We’ve got insurance and we’re okay, but I don’t know about them.”
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Both Einar’s Foods and North Air Services reported no damage to their buildings nor any problems with smoke due to the fire.
The Fort Frances server for Voyageur Net, also located near Carpet and Tile Discounters, was not affected and service is working as usual, the company said Friday.