Studio 10 fire claims 1

Cause still under investigation

Fire at Studio 10 at 89 Hudson St., in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (BRIAN KELLY/THE SAULT STAR/POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

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One man is dead following a fire upstairs at Studio 10 late Sunday, the second major blaze in the downtown area in less than two weeks.

The victim, who has not been identified, was sent to Sault Area Hospital, but later died. Neither the cause of death, nor what sparked the fire, have been determined Monday.

Crews remained at the smouldering scene Monday, as parts of the structure collapsed.

A bed on fire on the third floor was reported to Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services at about 11:20 p.m. Studio 10, an exotic dance club, is on the main floor. Residential rooms are on the second and third flors.

Trevor Stewart heard the call on his fire scanner. He remembered “one of my buddies” lived on the building’s third floor. Stewart declined to give the man’s name. When Stewart called him and didn’t get an answer, he ran to the fire scene.

Stewart talked to his friend while he was being cared for by paramedics. He was on a stretcher receiving oxygen.

“He’s fine,” Stewart told The Sault Star. “He’s lucky he got out, away from the fire.”

His friend was too shaken up to talk about how the fire happened.

Stewart received word from Sault Area Hospital saying his friend was fine.

Rose Corbett lives in the neighbourhood. She came to Studio 10 to check on the well-being of Holden Paquin. He’s a friend of Corbett’s daughter, Susan Crack. When she arrived, Paquin was outside Studio 10 before getting on a Sault Ste. Marie Transit Services bus to stay warm.

“He’s OK,” said Corbett.

Pierre Lyons stopped in the Sault after three days driving from Edmonton to his new job in Toronto. He booked a room at a downtown hotel and was at Studio 10 for about 45 to 60 minutes when a fire alarm sounded. Lyons saw no smoke. Staff “walked around trying to figure out what was going on,” he said. When fire was confirmed, employees ushered patrons outside.

Lyons noted light grey and black smoke and residents looking out their windows on the upper floors. They were told to come down. Lyons started to see “a little bit more smoke” beginning to exit, mostly from windows on the building’s third floor starting from the northeast corner. The smoke started to become visible from the second and main levels.

Before the alarm sounded, Lyons spoke to two dancers about a fatal fire that killed three people in Longeuil, Que., early last Saturday. He has family in that city.

“Weird night,” said Lyons, whose resume includes an 18-month stint testing fire alarms.

Ron Grasley had been sleeping for three or four hours in his third-floor room at the building’s south end when a neighbour knocked on his door.

“Grab your jacket and get out,” Grasley was told. He did not see any smoke or flame.

“I feel OK, just tired,” said Grasley.

The baker at Tim Hortons on John Street was concerned about his property, including his uniforms for work.

He anticipated getting short-term housing help from Canadian Red Cross.

The Studio 10 fire follows a blaze on Jan. 31 that destroyed two buildings at 220 and 224 Queen St. E. No one was hurt. The two fire scenes are just over a kilometre apart.

— with files from Jeffrey Ougler

btkelly@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @Saultreporter

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