There was a fire this week at the Plank Road building, one of Weston’s hidden gems.
CTV News has video of the fire, though they describe the building as an “abandoned house”. That’s not accurate.
The building is one of the oldest in Canada—in fact, it predates Confederation by a quarter century, and it was named for the plank road made there that ran through Weston—part of an ingenious, if misguided, way to build roads on the cheap.
The building has, however, been abandoned for at least 20 years.
Frances Nunziata says “I was on site during the fire and spoke to the Deputy Chief of fire to request a full report on the incident, which we expect to receive shortly. The damage was primarily contained to the interior of the Heritage designated building. Following the report, I will arrange a meeting with the city’s Preservation Services as well as the Weston Historical Society to determine how best to move forward and address the damage.”