A partial evacuation of the Pen Centre was initiated late Thursday afternoon after a small fire started at the Dollarama store. St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Services Platoon Chief Rob Denhollander said the fire that broke out in the loading area was contained by the store’s sprinkler system. Firefighters were dispatched about 5:25 p.m. “Fire damage is minimal, but smoke and water damage is to be assessed,” he said on scene.
He said it will be up to an insurance adjuster to determine what store items can be salvaged. The store is located opposite Winners, separated from the main part of the mall above an escalator. Many shoppers and moviegoers had to leave the mall, Denhollander said. “I’m sure there’s quite a few people who missed an ending (to a film),” he said, noting alarm bells were ringing. No injuries were reported, he added, while also noting stores remained open.