9:00 p.m. UPDATE: Quinte West O.P.P. Detachment Commander, Inspector Mike Reynolds, told Quinte West Council fire crews are still on scene. They’re expected to be there most of the night. Mayor John Williams also thanked the Q.W.F.D. and the neighbouring departments who responded, for their hard work in battling the blaze.
5:00 p.m. UPDATE: All of the road closures due to the fire are expected to be in effect for most of the night. The Ontario Fire Marshall has been called in to investigate the incident and initial damage figures are in the $600,000 to $700,000 range.
2:00 p.m. UPDATE: Quinte West staff say the following roads are closed until further notice:
– Dundas Street West from Front to Division; and From Elgin Street to Division.
– Murphy Street from Dundas Street West to Elgin Street; and from Elgin Street to Middle Street.
– King Street from Dundas Street West to Elgin Street.
OPP have evacuated areas of downtown Trenton, as parts of the Sherwood Forest Inn in the center of town continue to collapse and flames shoot through the roof.
The fire remains out of control.
Dozens of firefighters from four Quinte West fire stations,along with personnel and the aerial ladder truck from the Belleville Fire department are on scene.
So is our reporter, Matt Goodman.
So far, all of the buildings nearby are fine, but suffering from smoke damage.
Downtown businesses have been told to evacuate and stay closed until at least 4:00 this afternoon.
The fire started around 9:00 this morning, and Ontario Fire Marshall’s office is sending investigators.
The Sherwood Forest Inn is an old building that has operated as a strip club for decades.
Meanwhile, Quinte West Fire Chief John Whalen confirms no one has been injured so far at the Sherwood Forest Inn fire.
However, there were some frightening moments earlier for two firefighters in the building.
Again, downtown Trenton has been evacuated and will be shut down until at least 4:00 this afternoon.