Firefighters Respond to Fire at Old Fort Niagara

May 26, 2013 Updated May 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Firefighters Respond to Fire at Old Fort Niagara

May 26, 2013 Updated May 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM EDT

OLD FORT NIAGARA (WKBW) - Shortly after 11 p.m., alerts went out to local first responders regarding a fire on the roof of the main entrance building of Old Fort Niagara that was refurbished in the early 1930s.

The local volunteer Fire Departments and first responders quickly extinguished the flames on the building with no injuries.

It is thought that the fire started because of embers from open campfires on the grounds. Prevailing winds could have possibly carried burning embers atop the roof of the main entrance building and set it on fire stated Bob Emerson, director of Old Fort Niagara who was called, and quickly came on scene to the Fort said, "I had just left the Fort after an amazing day, with lots of visitors who looked to have really enjoyed their experience at Old Fort Niagara. I actually had just left through that entrance 15 minutes prior to being called at home, and everything was great."

Aaron Dey, a member of the Board of Directors of Old Fort Niagara Association said, "I actually thought the British were attacking us again after watching the bombardment and fireworks that they had at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, directly across the Niagara River. This is really making the Soldiers Through The Ages a real interactive experience for Fort visitors!"

The Fort is open today with the Soldiers Through The Ages event on schedule and guests will be directed through to other entrances to the Fort. Bob Emerson added, "but we are not telling the British about those entrances."

Structural engineers will be brought to the Fort early next week to assess the damage to the roof of the entrance building and to
initiate any corrective measure to repair the building before guests will be able to go through it.

The Fort will remain open everyday except Christmas and American Thanksgiving as it is every year.