Wendy Mudd, an Elora resident, was visiting the Arthur Family Health Centre when she saw flames shooting out of a window on the IScreamm Cone Company’s building located at the corner of Charles Street East (Highway 6) and George Street in Arthur.
Mudd said to the Advertiser, “I saw the flames coming out.” These flames I saw were huge.
A video taken at the scene around 11:55am, on October 26, shows grey smoke coming from what looks like an apartment on the east of the building.
According to Mudd, a woman was standing alone on the sidewalk trembling as passersby and neighbours with pets gathered.
She claimed that the woman was a resident of the apartment, and she had attempted to extinguish the fire in the kitchen before fleeing.
Mudd reported hearing loud bangs and pops from the streets.
Mudd reported that a fire official was on the scene within minutes, and he began to assess what had happened.
The Wellington North Fire Service responded with three fire engines and volunteer firefighters who ran hoses to the burning building.
Mudd, a firefighter himself, said that “everyone knew what they were doing and their jobs.”
Callise Loos, Wellington North’s deputy chief of fire department, told The Advertiser the fire had been contained on one apartment in the upper floors with help from the Minto Fire Department.
Firefighters entered the apartment building at 11:45am and found a kitchen fire.
According to Loos the flames had been knocked out by 12:07pm. However, the fire spread to a wall beneath the apartment and required the wall to be taken apart.
The Wellington County Learning Centre and IScreamm Cone Company, both commercial buildings below the IScreamm Cone Company, were smoky.
Water flooded the ceiling of the ice-cream shop, and some pieces fell into the store.
The fire caused an estimated $500,000.00 in damages and displaced four upper-level apartment tenants. However, no one was injured.
Loos, the city’s fire chief, said that it was “accidental.”
Sherry Cappelle, owner of IScreamm Cone Company and spoke to the Advertiser on October 27, said that her company was more than just an ice-cream shop or candy store.
Chappelle stated that the store often served as a hub for the community.
Locals stopped to talk with kindergarten classes and pull up chairs.
She said, “It really weighs on my heart.” “I’m devastated.”
Chappelle managed to get into the store and retrieve her priceless photos and mementos that she had collected during her six-year tenure.
Smoke has replaced the once-sweet smell of the air, and everything in the shop is now a complete loss.
Taylor Chappelle, Chappelle’s child, has set up a GoFundMe page. As of October 27th at 3pm it already had raised almost $4,200 out of the $5,000 target.
Chappelle plans to continue the pop-up business at the upcoming Christmas Markets in Aboyne, Arthur and other local downtown businesses.
Chappelle stated, “The community is amazing.” Arthur just brings people together.
GoFundMe campaign has also been launched for the residents of apartments located on the second floor.
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