2 lower Hamilton fires under investigation

Two suspicious lower Hamilton Fires under investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal. 900 CHML File

The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating two overnight multiple-alarm fires in Hamilton.

Just before midnight, firefighters were called to a semi-detached home at 155 Elgin St. near Barton Street East. Heavy smoke and flames were reported when crews arrived.

At one point, the fire was gaining strength and firefighters were able to get out before there was a flashover on the first floor. There were no injuries and an early estimate suggests $250,000 in damage.

There was a shooting incident at the same address earlier this summer.

READ MORE: Police looking for witnesses after shooting on Elgin Street

On June 30, 2017, Hamilton police were called to the home after reports of a shooting. A man was taken to hospital after being shot in the chest.  He survived.

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The second fire was about 5 a.m. on King Street East at Dunsmure Road.

READ MORE: Hamilton Fire battles 3 blazes within 12 hours

It’s believed to have started in the marijuana dispensary on the first floor. A reporter on the scene says police think the cannabis store may have been targeted.

The four residents of the apartments above the storefront were taken to hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Three cats died.

The cause is under investigation. There’s no estimate on damage yet.

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