There was a. See here huge fire in downtown Barrie last night. We were in that area earlier last night, about a block away from where this happened.
One of the buildings that was lost was the old wellington Hotel, est. circa 1880's.
This season is such an oxymoron type of season, full of joy for some people, but also full of sadness for others. This is a bad time of year for this to happen. There is never a good time for a fire, however, but many people are now without a home and lost everything. Knowing this town, people will chip in and help in whatever way that they can.
Luckily nobody was hurt or killed.