(THUNDER BAY, ON) – In a not-so-surprising announcement, the fire that roasted the Hells Angels Clubhouse, and neighbouring Rizzo’s Cabinets has been deemed arson.
The fire, mostly smoke and water damage, also contributed to the closure of the “Underground Gym”.
Today, the fire office of the fire marshal turned the case over to the Thunder Bay Police Service. Investigators say they found signs of foul play in the aftermath of the blaze.
The Major Crimes Unit has taken over the case and are investigating who started the fire.
There have been roughly 8 fires in the last 2 months in the area, including a few on Simpson Street itself.
Residents in the area are worried that perhaps southern Ontario gangs may be involved. The Bethune street blaze that claimed the life of Chris Witzell, along with two other fires that engulfed suspected trap houses are indicating that something serious and criminal is happening in the area.
Below is all our coverage of the fire.
(THUNDER BAY, ON) - A late evening fire has raged into reality on Simpson Street this evening. UPDATES: A fire erupted and damaged both the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club as well as Rizzo's Cabinets. Damage was also sustained to nearby businesses. Aerial ladders were setup at the front and back…