How to help: Smiths Falls rallies for fire victims

April 28, 2017 by
PearlSt Fire Shell Williamson

Photo: Shell Williamson, Facebook

The following is a media release from the town of Smiths Falls concerning today's fire on Pearl Street.

On April 28, 2017 at approximately 11:15 a.m. a fire was discovered at 8 Pearl Street in Smiths Falls, a 22 unit residential complex in the south end of town. Police and Fire Services were quickly dispatched to the scene. Police were able to help one resident to evacuate from the building without serious injury. Three Smiths Falls Police officers were taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation and have since been release from the hospital.

The fire damages are limited to the back portion of the building. The entire complex suffered smoke and water damages. The initial damage assessment is estimated at $750,000.
Smiths Falls Fire Department requested mutual aid from the Montague, Perth, Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills Fire Departments. Approximately 50 firefighters were involved in the operation. Smiths Falls Police had 8 officers on scene assisting with victims and crowd control.

Ontario Fire Marshall Emergency Management is on scene to assist with the investigation to find the point of origin and the cause of the fire. The OFMEM is being assisted by Smiths Falls Police and Fire Services staff.

PearlSt Fire Katherine Jessica Maloney

Photo: Katherine Jessica Maloney, Facebook

Displaced residents are being provided with temporary lodging and basic needs with assistance from Victim Services of Lanark County and the Red Cross.
Donations to help support the displaced residents can be made in the following ways:

  • Cash donations are being collected by the Salvation Army – they can be reached at 613-283-3563. Box 381, 251 Brockville Street, S. Falls  K7A 4T2
  • Phone: 613-283-4124 Fax: 613-283-4764 Website at
  • Donations of small appliances, furniture, and dishes are being accepted at the former Ardene’s store (back of mall entrance) within the County Fair Mall during regular business hours 9am to 6pm.
  • Victim Services of Lanark County and the Red Cross are conducting an assessment of needs for the displaced residents as it relates to clothing, footwear, personal items, etc and will communicate items in need via social media.