377 Shaver Rd Ancaster: Fire and demolition update

The City of Hamilton dispatched their on-call building inspector to the property at 377 Shaver Rd in Ancaster early Saturday morning as a fire ravaged the historical stone Daniel Shaver House.

The inspector arrived during the fire and could not assess building conditions until the Fire Department extinguished the fire.

Debbie Spence, communications officer, Planning and Economic Development Department stated in an email:

The fire severely damaged the buildings. Once the fire was out we could see that the front building’s roof and second floor were fully collapsed and the back building (the addition) was totally destroyed by the fire (the addition was gone).

The inspector issued an order “to make the property safe and remove all unsafe conditions on the property.” The order did not require demolition of what remained of the house. We do not know what little remained of the house after the fire.

I’ve requested a copy of the field order directing the building be made safe and will be checking to see what further information I can get from the City this week.