The displaced tenants of a 28th St. E. apartment building have been resettled after a fire caused the building to be evacuated early Tuesday evening.
Andrew Cunningham, a spokesperson for the owners of Avenue Living, said 15 suites had to be evacuated, but the occupants of 12 of them have already been settled at another Avenue Living property on Eighth St. E. Cunningham said the new building was empty of tenants due to renovations, and the evacuees were able to move in without issue. Cunningham said he believes the remainder of the evacuees are staying with family members.
“Our manager and crews on the ground have been working with social agencies for donations, as well as for clothes and necessities of that nature,” Cunningham said. “Tenants will be permitted back in on Monday to retrieve possessions.”
Cunningham said the fire inspectors have turned the building back over to Avenue Living, but they will still need to assess the full extent of the damage before deciding on their next steps.
“Both the boiler and the electrical system were heavily damaged in the fire, so we’re still assessing the extent of the damage and then working on a repair plan,” he said. “We’re not sure when we’re going to be able to welcome residents back.”
After the fire was deemed suspicious, the investigation into the cause was handed over to Prince Albert Police Service. Officers are looking into the incident as potentially criminal, though no charges have yet been laid.
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