Right next door to the two houses that went up on April 11th, is this old building was built in 1890, and is likely destined for the dumpster.
It was torched on Tuesday night. For coverage of the fire, but sure to visit Windsor Visuals.
Old elements, like the cast iron (?) posts that once divided the display windows on the facade of this old retail store. According to the 1919 City Directory, the shop was home to Meisener & Co, wholesale confectioners (a.k.a. Candy makers).
The fire started at the back as you can see in this photo.
According to the Windsor Star:
Arsonist blamed for University Ave. house fire
THE WINDSOR STAR
APRIL 29, 2009 3:02 PM
Investigators believe the blaze at a vacant house late Tuesday night was the work of an arsonist.
The fire broke out just before midnight in a house at the corner of University and Glengarry avenues. Nobody was hurt. The fire department estimates there was about $50,000 in damage.
Fire Prevention Officer Shawn Boutette said the gas, hydro and other “emission sources” were turned off and an exterior door was open when fire crews arrived.
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I’m not left with a warm fuzzy feeling that someone is running around the area lighting fires. A few years back there was one working on the west side of downtown, as far as I know he was never caught.
Hopefully this guy is, and hopefully the police will keep their eyes open in this area, before someone loses their life.