Edmonton’s Wonder Harbor Comics closed after two fires in one week

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Wonder Harbor Comics is closed after a second fire hit the business in the span of a week.

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“They spread gasoline throughout the store, and lit a fire that consumed everything,” the crowdfunding page said. “There is nothing left.”

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Shortly after 2 am Sunday morning, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) received a 911 call for a structure fire at a commercial business at 105 Street and 105 Avenue, spokeswoman Brittany Eveneshen told Postmedia in an email statement.

Fire crews responding to the scene a few minutes later found heavy smoke, but had the fire under control at 2:41 am before declaring it out at 5:20 am, Eveneshen added.

While there were no reported injuries from the incident, EFRS said, this is the second fire at the location within a week, and fire investigators returned to the scene Sunday after an incident on March 20.

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The smell of smoke still wafted from the building Sunday afternoon although the exterior betrayed little indication of damage beyond windows that appear to have been tinted by smoke.

The crowdfunding page for the business said while the building will survive, all the work the Wonder Harbor team put into building the business has been lost.

Formerly known as Happy Harbor Comics and located on 107 Street and 104 Avenue, the business was due to close in January 2019 until it was sold to Vincent Joyall, owner of Wonderland game and comic book stores in Prince George, BC and Grande Prairie, Alta ., about 460 km northwest of Edmonton.

“We are devastated,” the crowdfunding page said.

—With files from Postmedia

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