‘Break-in’ at store turned out to be a fire

$50,000 in damages at Noor's Fine Foods on Broadview

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Noor Behboodi looks at the damage done to his store, Noor’s Fine Foods, on Oct. 19. (Kaitlyn Smith/Toronto Observer)

What was first suspected of being a break-in at a store on Broadview Avenue turned out to be a fire early this morning.

Noor’s Fine Foods on Broadview north of Danforth Avenue suffered about $50,000 worth of damages.

Noor Behboodi, owner of Noor’s Fine Foods, got a call at about 3 a.m. from a security alarm company. The company said someone had broken into the shop. He told them to call police and waited for a follow-up.

“Five minutes later, they called me — there was a fire inside the store,” Behboodi said.

Toronto Fire Department was alerted at 3:16 a.m.

In his store this afternoon,  Behboodi said he had been cleaning the store and calling friends and family for support since 3:30 a.m.

Behboodi said by the time he had arrived at the scene this morning, the fire was out and he was left to assess the damage.

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Ice cream cooler at Noor’s Fine Foods where the blaze likely started, according to the fire department. (Kaitlyn Smith)

The possible cause of the fire was an electrical failure that originated at a refrigeration unit, said Adrian Ratushniak, media spokesperson for Toronto Fire Services.

“The fire was confined to an ice cream cooler and the area around it,” Rafushniak said.

Upon the fire vehicles’ arrival at 3:21 a.m., flames were visible through the window and were extinguished within 15 minutes, he said. There were no injuries.

Noor’s Fine Foods has been open for 25 years now. Behboodi said the community is his family. Several customers and close friends stopped by to show their support.