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Fire breaks out at Tumbler Ridge Community Centre

A Google Street View photo of the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre.
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UPDATE: Fire Chief Dustin Curry says that officials have reopened the Library, Arena, front desk, and upstairs meetings rooms at the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre after Wednesday morning’s fire. Curry explained that only the children’s play park and weight room remain closed while staff give the areas a thorough cleaning.

Curry said that this morning’s fire was contained to only one maintenance room, but that the rest of the community centre suffered extensive smoke and soot damage, all of which is estimated to cost $30,000 total. He added that investigators still don’t know what caused the fire.

TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. — Part of the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre is closed until further notice after a fire broke out early Wednesday morning.

Tumbler Ridge Fire Chief Dustin Curry said that shortly after 1:45 a.m. fire crews were notified that fire alarms were activated at the local community centre. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered smoke coming from the lower section of the community centre near the Tumbler Ridge Arena.

Curry said that firefighters entered the building and discovered a fire burning in a room on the building’s lower level, which was quickly extinguished. The extent of damage to the building, including the costs of repair are currently unknown.

Curry explained that a large amount of smoke was able to filter through the building, and that crews will be ventilating the affected areas throughout the day today. In a post on Facebook, the District of Tumbler Ridge said that the Action Play Cafe, the Library, Arena, and meeting rooms will be closed until deemed safe by the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department, though the community centre’s daycare and pool were unaffected by the fire and will remain open.

Curry added that the cause of the fire at this point is currently unknown, but that an investigation of the fire’s cause will begin this morning. This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once more information becomes available.

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