Wellington Street Fire – Update as of May 22, 2018

print-logo May 22, 2018

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - Port Hope, ON

The Municipality of Port Hope and Northumberland County, along with other community partners, continue to work together to provide assistance to the residents who have been affected by the Wellington Street fire.

At this time, the Municipality can confirm that the building’s insurance company is conducting further investigations, with structural engineers scheduled to inspect the building later this week. Following the inspection, an engineering report will be provided to the Municipality’s Chief Building Official. At this time, access to the building will be granted only to the insurance company’s investigators.

A list of Emergency Support Services has been issued by Northumberland County. Residents who have been displaced from their homes are strongly encouraged to reach out to the identified organizations to seek shelter, donation information and support. This information will help individuals and families as they consider their housing options going forward.

The Municipality and the County would like to thank all those who have donated items and money to support the victims of the fire. The donations are being sorted and will be distributed by the Salvation Army, to those in need. At this time, the Municipality is no longer accepting donated items directly. The Canadian Red Cross and the Salvation Army are in the process of identifying specific needs of the victims and more information will be communicated, once the specific needs have been identified.

The Municipality will continue to provide updates to the community, as they become available. Residents are encouraged to visit porthope.ca for information.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248