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Totem Mall closed until further notice after vehicle ramming causes severe damage

Security guards watching over the damaged section of the Totem Mall this morning. Photo by Chris Newton
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UPDATE as of 4:25 p.m. – The Mall will remain closed on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, as utility repairs continue.  Mall Management expects the mall will be open on Wednesday, January 31.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Totem Mall is closed until further notice after a vehicle rammed into the mall’s exterior wall Monday morning causing severe damage to the building.

According to a statement from the Mall’s General Manager Rob Schlitt, Bentall Kennedy management was made aware that a vehicle was deliberately driven into the outer wall of the Totem Mall near the entrance by Apollo Avenue at around 3:00 this morning. No injuries were sustained by staff or patrons inside the mall.

The vehicle appears to have been driven into the outer wall in three separate spots, two of which are immediately adjacent to each other below the Apollo Avenue and Western Financial Group signs. The third impact site is roughly halfway between Western Financial and the south mall entrance near Ernie’s Sports Experts.

In a statement, Schlitt said that due to the amount of structural damage to the Totem Mall and impacts to the property’s utilities, the mall will remain closed until repairs are completed.

This isn’t the first time the mall has suffered a vehicular impact. Last April, a vehicle was crashed into the Warehouse One store’s exterior doors, while robbers used a pickup truck on two separate occasions to break through the mall’s exterior doors in November of 2013.

This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information from the RCMP.

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