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Fire departments tackle fire in downtown Yarmouth

A fire at 350 Main St. on Nov. 29 was contained to the second level.
A fire at 350 Main St. on Nov. 29 was contained to the second level. - Carla Allen

Fire contained to second-storey business but heavy water damage to yoga studio below

YARMOUTH - A fire on the second level at 350 Main St. about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 29) was knocked down before it had a chance to spread farther.

Kate and Joe Giglio own the building and operate their business, Supernova Power Yoga, beneath where the fire occurred.

Your New Addiction, a tattoo shop, is above the yoga studio.

The buildings on either side of the fire, Runners Attic/Hamilton’s Fine Clothing, and The Wool Shoppe were not damaged.

Kate Giglio, who ironically had a flat tire on the way to the fire, says they are grateful to the person who called 911 to report the fire.

“It could have been worse. If they (firefighters) hadn’t got there when they did, I think the whole building would have gone down.”

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She says that although there is lots of water damage in the studio, offers to assist with the cleanup are pouring in.

“That’s very humbling. It means a lot. You just feel lost when something like this happens,” she said.

“We’re on it and we’re going to make this happen as soon as we can.”

UPDATE: Damage to the yoga studio is more severe than originally thought and a GoFundMe campaign is underway to help the owners get back on their feet while facing repair costs and loss of income while the studio is shut down.

Here is a link to the GoFundMe where the community is showing their support

Video courtesy of Mark Hubbard

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Yarmouth Chief John Verrall says initially the call was a mutual aid one, but when it became apparent help was not required, Lake Vaughan and Port Maitland firefighters returned to their communities.

The suspected cause of the fire is electrical.

The Tri-County Vanguard has reached out to the owner of  Your New Addiction custom tattoo and is awaiting a response.

Read about the 1963 fire from our THEN AND NOW series

The streetscape of Yarmouth was reshaped by a massive fire on Nov. 6, 1963, when fire broke out at the rear of the Margolian’s store. By the time the fire was brought under control on Main and Brown streets, eight businesses had been destroyed, three others were damaged, 33 people were left unemployed and some people were left homeless.

The circus ship fire and a City Drug fire also occurred in 1963.

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