Ontario’s SIU investigating police response to fire at Anicinabe Park in Kenora

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police response to a fire at the store at Anicinabe Park in Kenora. 

The city’s main Facebook account posted a message saying emergency personnel were on the scene and “working through the incident” at around 4 p.m. Tuesday. It also said it had asked the public to remain away from the area and use alternative routes as much as possible, as the the beach, boat launch and public park area have been closed. 

Ontario Provincial Police responded to the incident. One person “suffered injuries and was transported to hospital by Emergency Medical Services,” according to an OPP statement.

The police then notified the SIU, which invoked its mandate to investigate what happened. CBC News has contacted the SIU for more information about why it is investigating, but has not yet received a response. 

The SIU, an independent government agency, investigates conduct of police that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault or the discharge of a firearm at a person.

OPP did not specify how the individual was hurt. 

CBC News has not received official confirmation, but spoke with two eyewitnesses who said they were at the park and heard gunshots fired. 

WATCH | Fire breaks out at Anicinabe Park in Kenora: 

RAW: Fire at Anicinabe Park office in Kenora, Ont.

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Fire crews in Kenora, Ont., are working to put out what officials are calling a “significant fire” at the store at Anicinabe Park. Rachel Hall was there and sent CBC News this video. 

Anicinabe Park said in a Facebook post that its staff members were unharmed. 

The City of Kenora said in a Facebook update that the police investigation of the scene at the park was expected to last into Wednesday or Thursday.

The main entrance to the park will be closed off to traffic while that investigation is ongoing, but the secondary exit will be open to allow park visitors to get in and out.