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Sarah Ferguson Fort Erie Times Deputy fire chief Keith Germanestimatedafirecaused $500,000 in damage to a Stevensville workshop early Tuesday morning. That amount may change as investigators ?dig more into the cause of (the fire),? German said. The Fort Erie Fire Department responded to a callforabuildingonfireat2200 Eagle St., south of Ridgemount Road at 1 a.m. No person was injured as a result of the fire but German said several small chickens died in the blaze. German said the owners of the building, D.R. Construction, built ?a lot of cabinetry and custom work for homes that would bebuiltintheshopandtakento the job site.? ?The cause of the fire is still under investigation. We will have to wait and see how that turns out,? German said. ?But I don?t believe it to be suspicious.? Germansaid the ownerofthe building left his workshop at 9 p.m. Monday night ?and everything was fine.? ?The owner was telling us he left and went to play hockey. HARRY ROSETTANI Special to The Times The Fort Erie Fire Department responded to a call for a fire at 2200 Eagle St., in Fort Erie early Tuesday morning. When he got home around 12:30a.m.,hecameintotheyard and noticed smoke coming from the door (of the workshop).? It took firefighters about an hour and a half to extinguish the blaze. ?We rotated a lot of men through. At one point, we had almost 50 firefighters,? German said. ?We rotated firefighters from different stations because of the cold.? The temperature was about -23°C early Tuesday which created ?tough conditions? for firefighters. ?The guys were working with a lot of water which led to ice being created. The equipment also doesn?t work as well when it?s frozen. There?s a lot of ice build up, it?s slippery and it?s not as smooth,? German said. ?Fortunately, no one was hurt. Our biggest concern was making sure guys didn?t have frost bite, they didn?t get the chills, and they didn?t slip and fall on the ice.? sarah.ferguson@sunmedia.ca Welland SaturdayMarch 7, 2015 2p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7p.m. Bowl-O-Rama 968 NiagaraSt. Fort Erie SundayMarch 8, 2015 SaturdayMarch 14, 2015 2p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7p.m. Carroll?s Bowling Lanes 7Klauck St.

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