Thunder Bay Fire Rescue responded to a fire at a laundry facility on the city’s north side early this morning.
At approximately 12:45 am., Thunder Bay Fire Rescue aswered a fire alarm ringing at a strip mall on North Cumberland Street.
Upon arrival, crews reported smoke and fire in the interior of the front side of the retail store.
The on-scene TBFR Incident Commander then requested a full second alarm to respond to the scene as well.
A total of five pumper rescues, an aerial ladder truck and a Fire Command vehicle responded to this incident.
Fire fighters then commenced a direct attack on the fire, knocking the flames down quickly and preventing further damage to the store front and an adjacent coffee shop.
Heavy smoke persisted until crews were able to clear it using high pressure fans.
The building was also searched for occupants and no one was found to be inside at the time of the fire.
The laundry facility portion of the strip mall suffered heavy smoke and fire damage.
A preliminary investigation by TBFR fire officers at the scene revealed indications the cause of the fire was of a suspicious nature.
The scene has been secured for investigative purposes and police were called in.
The scene is currently in the care and control of the Thunder Bay Police Service while they conduct a criminal investigation.