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Fire crews tackle longtime Tillsonburg furniture store blaze – London

Emergency crews are still at the scene of a major structural fire at a furniture store in Tillsonburg, Ont., On Wednesday.

Fire crews responded to the Morrice furniture store at 97 Simcoe Street around 2:15 p.m., according to Tillsonburg Fire and Rescue’s live call list.

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Video of the scene taken by a witness shows strong flames and thick smoke billowing from the building and enveloping the street.

The Ontario Provincial Police said in a tweet that a person was being assessed at the scene by paramedics. No further information was available.

Few other details are known about the incident.

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According to its Facebook page, the family-run furniture store Morrice has been in business in Tillsonburg since 1948.

“I’ve lived in Tillsonburg my whole life, and I’ve always known this… store – we went there shopping and stuff,” said eyewitness Abbygail Varga, who filmed the blaze.

“Actually, I think one of the family had just stopped and she was on the phone and crying while talking to someone. She walked over to (who) I think those are the people that could have it, and she hugged them and tried to console them and things.

Police have closed Simcoe Street from Ball Street to Potters Road following the ongoing investigation.

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