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No injuries after major fire at commercial business in Thorold

Residents in Thorold were asked by firefighters to stay indoors while a blaze raged on at Ormond Street and St. David Street East. @tpffa1182

Police in Niagara Region say there were no reported injuries after a massive commercial fire in Thorold, Ont., on Wednesday night.

Residents within a one-kilometre radius of Ormond Street and St. David Street East were asked by Thorold and St. Catharines firefighters to stay indoors and close their windows while the blaze raged on.

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Police say the Ministry of the Environment was called out to the scene to do an assessment as large plumes of black smoke emanated from the commercial building.

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Out of concern for public safety, a shelter-in-place order was put into effect by the ministry around 6 p.m. before being called off just before 8 p.m. as crews gained control of the fire.

Investigators with Niagara Regional Police say the blaze started at an auto body repair business on Ormond Street just after 2 p.m., and the cause has not yet been determined.

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