Evacuation order rescinded

Residents of nearby homes able to return after six days

The City of Fernie says the situation at the arena is stabilizing and the residents of the 55 homes nearby, which were evacuated Tuesday, can now return home.

“It is now safe for residents to return home and the on-scene investigation to continue,” said Fire Cheif Ted Ruiter, explaining that the threat of ammonia is no longer a danger in the building.

Crews from the Emergency response team are now focusing their efforts on cleaning up and are meeting with the city this morning.

The Emergency Response Team includes members of RAM Environmental Response from Kelowna, GHD from Calgary and resources from Teck’s Trail office.

“It’s really important to understand the magnitude of this process and safety remains our number one concern,” said Ruiter, before the evacuation order was lifted.

Hazardous materials experts have taken samples from the site and sent them off for testing.

“Air quality monitoring will continue and although residents may notice an intermittent ammonia odour near the arena, we want to assure them that there are no risks or health hazards,” said the fire chief.

The Provincial Disaster Pshychosocial Program is offering support services, they can be reached at 250-489-9677

Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

22 teams compete in Sweetheart Curling Bonspiel

From February 9 to 11, the Sparwood Curling Club hosted it’s annual… Continue reading

Political theatre shines light on womens issues

The Vagina Monologues returned to Fernie last weekend for the second time,… Continue reading

Local rink heading to curling provincials

The Mens Masters East-West playdown took place in Sparwood from February 2-4.… Continue reading

Kootenay East MLA reacts to Throne Speech

Tom Shypitka says speech falls short of intended mark.

VIDEO: Traffic-sign abiding Fernie deer caught on tape

A herd of deer in Fernie, B.C. is getting attention online after stopping for a stop sign

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

NDP Health Minister calls to offer woman seat on Interior Health Board

Joyce Beddow-Buckland of Ashcroft was surprised by the call, and accepted the offer.

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

B.C. RCMP officer officially cleared in car wash shooting incident

A report found the Salmon Arm officer fired 14 bullets at the man’s truck

Interest in Canadian Armed Forces remains high

Canada seeks about 5,000 recruits each year for its regular forces of about 68,000

Most Read