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Damage in suspicious blaze at River Road Golf Course pegged at $1M, police say

FILE PHOTO. Jaclyn Carbone / 980 CFPL

An early morning fire over the weekend at the former River Road Golf Course in east London caused roughly $1 million worth of damage and has been deemed suspicious by London police.

Fire crews responded to the scene around 8:05 a.m. on Sunday, and arrived to find the clubhouse of the former golf course fully engulfed.

Platoon Chief Colin Shewell told 980 CFPL the clubhouse was significantly damaged but still standing.

No injuries were reported. The damage estimate is $1 million and the cause of the fire is not yet known. London police are investigating.

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River Road is one of the sites proposed to be part of the city’s winter homelessness response, the City of London states in a release.

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Trailers marked for that initiative were not damaged in the fire.

The City will be evaluating the extent to which this fire may affect the proposed Indigenous-led winter shelter site.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available, the City said.

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