January 3, 2018 2:44 pm
Updated: January 3, 2018 3:31 pm

Officials unable to determine cause of $2.5M Hully Gully fire

London fire crews at the scene of an early morning fire at Hully Gully on Dec 28., 2017.

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Six days after fire tore through the back storage area at Hully Gully The Ultimate Toy Store, fire officials have listed the cause as “undetermined.”

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The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed to 980 CFPL that a probe into the blaze has concluded with investigators being unable to pinpoint an exact cause. The London Fire Department has also concluded its investigation.

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“Due to the destructive force of the fire that it was very difficult to investigate,” deputy fire chief Jack Burt told 980 CFPL.

“In conjunction with the use of heavy equipment to try to get at the fire as part of the overhaul there wasn’t enough evidence to determine an origin, cause, and circumstances of the fire. Therefore, we deem it undetermined.”

When asked if there was any decision as to whether the blaze was considered suspicious or not, a spokesperson with the fire marshal’s office would only say that “undetermined means undetermined” but Burt said the London Fire Department does not believe there was anything suspicious in nature in the fire.

On Dec. 28, emergency crews responded to the store on Wharncliffe Road at Wonderland Road South just before 5 a.m. to find smoke billowing into the sky. At times, flames were shooting 30 metres into the air.

Fire officials say they were able to stop the blaze before it entered the storefront, but the fire did as much as $2.5-million in damages to a storage facility that housed boats and ATVs in the back. The blaze was contained by 8 a.m. and the storefront was able to open as normal.

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Eight trucks and over 30 firefighters were needed to contain the blaze. One firefighter was treated for non-life-threatening injuries in hospital and was released. Fire crews were even able to save a guard dog on the property.

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