Fire at Lister Block

By Ryan McGreal
Published May 09, 2006

Emergency response workers arrived at the corner of James St. S. and King William St. at 1:00 PM today in response to a fire in the Lister Block.

Flames were not visible from the outside, but smoke billowed out of the rear (east) side of the building, and the main floor was smoky where firefighters broke through the plywood that covers the King William St. entrance.

Tahid (last name not provided), proprietor of neighbouring restaurant A Taste of Taj Mahal, reported seeing two teenagers run out of a service entrance at the back of the Lister building.

The fire appeared to be on the ground floor, and did not seem to be serious.

The Lister Building has been in the news lately. Its owner, Labourers International Union of North America (LIUNA), has applied for a heritage permit to demolish the building and replace it with a new construction. City Council has until June 28 to reject the application.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.

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By MattM (registered) | Posted May 09, 2006 at 23:46:15

The building was wide open since 2 weekends ago now. Last summer when it was open for 2-3 weeks, the fire in the Tait Gibson store happened. Now this. Happens everytime a ground floor entrance gets opened up.

Although they're probably going to raze the building to the ground anyway, I wish the city would properly seal the building up. One of these times its not going to be a little fire.

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