Fire crews were stretched thin this morning. With most of the city's crews busy fighting the blaze on Simpson street, a second call about a house fire at Queen and High street, then shortly after another call came in for a fire in the Ogden area. The 3rd fire proved to be false. Fire Chief John Hay says additional staff had to be called in to provide service to the rest of the city.
Police say an 18 year old city woman is fighting for her life after being the victim of a hit and run. They say that Amy Neumueller was walking on Leslie Avenue near Arundel at around 3 o'clock Thursday morning, when she was hit by a compact car. Police say the driver didn't stop and left the scene. They're hoping the driver or someone with information on the incident calls them.
Kenora OPP have more than just firearms and knives to deal with, apparently they also have to deal with explosives. After searching a house yesterday officers discovered a small amount of explosives with some pills and other drug paraphernalia. Two men were arrested and are facing charges.
A raging inferno tore through the West Hotel this morning. Fire crews are still on scene keeping control of what is left of the building. There are no reports of any injuries but fire officials say it'll likely take days before any cause could be found. Chief John Hay says the fire was probably going for a while prior to them getting the call at 4 o'clock. Hay says since the building was abandoned the cause is likely suspicious. According to the city the building was pegged for demolition.
Meanwhile fire crews were stretched thin this morning. With most of the city's crews busy fighting the blaze on Simpson street, a second call about a house fire at Queen and High street came in. Shortly after another call came in for a fire in the Ogden area but it was proven to be false. Hay says additional staff had to be called in to provide service to the rest of the city.
A fire at the West Hotel won't change the City's plans for the building. The vacant hotel was recently acquired by the City because the owners didn't pay the taxes. Taranis Contracting group has been awarded the demolition contract for the building and work will start next week. The building's neighbour the Army Navy Air Force Veterans Hall is also set to be demolished. The city acquired the buildings as part as their plan to improve the appearance of neglected properties. The West Hotel building was under security watch at the time, and the cause of the fire is still unknown.
A former Thunder Bay broadcaster is making a return visit. Dawna Friesen the new anchor of Global National will be broadcasting at Marina Park on Monday. She'll broadcast live starting at 5 on election day.
A woman is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle this morning. Just after 3 o'clock the woman was hit while walking down the 400 block of Leslie street. Police say the driver of the vehicle fled the scene and the victim was taken to the Health Sciences Centre.
Michael Ignatieff will be making a stop in Thunder Bay next week. The federal Liberal leader will be bringing his open mic town hall meetings to Confederation college next Thursday from 11:30 to 1. It'll be at the student commons area of the Shuniah building.