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Gas station plans to re-open

Attempts are being made to get an Enderby business back into operation after a fire.

The Splatsin First Nation is looking at setting up a trailer at the Super Save gas station so activities can resume.

“We need to get people back to work,” said Chief Wayne Christian of the station’s 15 employees.

Fire did significant damage to the interior of the Highway 97A business Monday at about 3 a.m.

It’s still not known if the building can be restored or if a new structure is required.

“Our economic development board is looking at options,” said Christian.

The station is also home to the Quilakwa Art Gallery.

The Enderby Fire Department, the RCMP and the fire commissioner’s office are still trying to determine how the fire started.

“We have a pretty good idea of what the cause is,” said Kevin Alstad, fire chief.

The fire is not considered suspicious and the RCMP is involved because fires on First Nations land fall under its jurisdiction.

It’s been determined that the fire began in an electrical room.

About $500,000 in damages was done.

“Everything in the store is a total write-off from smoke and water damage,” said Alstad.

Damage was also done to the roof and some walls.

 

“I’m not sure if the building is salvageable. They may have to get a structural engineer in,” said Alstad.

 

 

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