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St. Jacobs market outdoor section to reopen this week after fire

09/03/2013 05:42 EDT | Updated 11/03/2013 05:12 EST
After a fire destroyed the main building of the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market north of Waterloo, Ont., early Monday morning, management announced on Twitter that the outdoor section will be open for business this Thursday.

Lonnie Schubert of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office said the investigation into the cause is ongoing, but he could not say exactly when the search would be concluded.

“Will it take a few days? It might. Will it take one day? It might,” said Schubert. “Bottom line is we need to try and determine exactly where the fire started and how it started.”

The Woolwich Fire Department estimates damage to the structure could be as high as $2 million. Chief Rick Pedersen said if a sprinkler system had been installed, the building could have been saved or the damage from the fire could have been minimzed.

Woolwich Mayor Todd Cowan said about 60 vendors were affected by the fire, and that the township is planning to do whatever it can to assist in a rebuild of the market.

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