From The Sault Star--Sault Ste. Marie Ontario
A deliberately-set Fire Tuesday at the United Steelworkers of America hall was initially fought by Firefighters who were meeting at the Dennis Street site.
A wheelchair ramp, located on the building's north side, was set on Fire at about 9 p.m., said platoon chief Glen Coulter of Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services.
A young girl, in her pre-teens or early teens, was seen running towards Bay Street by Firefighters who were taking a break outside the union hall entrance.
When the child saw Firefighters, she fled towards the Steelback Centre, said Coulter.
Off-duty Firefighters used extinguisher's from the hall's kitchen and a downstairs bar to help put out the blaze.
The blaze travelled up the building's wall and blew out six windows on the first and second floors. Firefighters were able to douse a Fire in an upstairs office just as it was starting.
"We were lucky we got it out when we did," said Coulter.
"That could have been ugly."
The suspect is described as age 12 to 13, with a slim build and long dark hair that may be in a pony tail.
She wore a maroon-coloured T-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about the Fire can call police at 949-6300 or Crime Stoppers at 942-7867.
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