Scarborough blaze under investigation

Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of a fire in a Scarborough shop that badly burned a man.

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The fire started inside a picture frame store at Midland Avenue and Kingston Road at 10:30 p.m. on Sept 27. The store was closed at the time but the shop’s 57-year-old owner was inside, said Stephan Powell, deputy fire chief.

The owner was rushed to Scarborough Grace General Hospital with third-degree burns and was later transferred to Sunnybrook hospital.

Fire officials say six shops were affected in the two-storey shopping complex where the frame shop is located. The complex remains closed due to extensive damage.

The damage is estimated at $400,000, said Powell.