• James Armstrong

Arsonist’s blaze seriously damages Hudson’ Boutique NOVA

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG SQ investigators remained on the scene hours after the suspicious blaze.

An early morning fire in Hudson on Saturday, October 20 destroyed a shed behind La Boutique NOVA at 455 Main Road and caused serious damage to the exterior back wall of the boutique that resells donated clothing to raise funds for quality nursing care and support to patients and their families in the community..

“It was arson,” said NOVA volunteer Janet Ellerbeck describing how an empty gasoline container had been found not far from the burnt remnants of the shed. Ellerbeck said a passer-by discovered the fire at approximately 3 a.m. According to a member of the Hudson Fire Department, the call came in at about 3:30 a.m. and said that no one was injured in the blaze.

“We have to close the boutique for now because of smoke damage,” said a visibly upset Ellerbeck. She wasn’t sure if the contents of the boutique were covered by insurance. As of 9:30 a.m., Sûreté du Québec officers continued their search of the scene but declined to comment saying that further information would be available later in the week.

“We’re having a fashion show next Monday,” said Ellerbeck. “Luckily, all of the clothing except for the fur coats had been moved out before the fire happened.”

Building owner, Audrey Williams was on site but declined to comment, as the investigation is ongoing. There was no word on possible damage to the businesses on the second floor of the building or whether or not the building would be repaired.

“It’s too soon to tell,” said Ellerbeck.

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