Firefighters tackle the Ministry of Social Development office blaze Tuesday.

Cause still unknown

The Ministry of Social Development building on 48th Avenue was destroyed by fire June 30

Investigators still don’t know what sparked a spectacular blaze in Vernon.

The Ministry of Social Development building  on 48th Avenue was destroyed by fire June 30 and  crews will be sifting through the debris Monday.

“The area of origin was in the roof area which is gone,” said Lawrie Skolrood, deputy fire chief, adding that it may be difficult to determine the source of the fire.

“The debris is down in the office building.”

Heavy equipment may be needed to ensure safe conditions during the investigation.

“If there’s a main beam that’s concerning and it could possibly come down, we need to deal with the integrity of the building,” said Skolrood.

Some roofing work was being done prior to the fire, and while that option is being reviewed further, Skolrood insists there is nothing at this point to indicate that roofing was responsible for the blaze.

“We are talking to people involved with the repairs. There are a lot of repair and service groups to talk to,” he said.

The Ministry of Social Development are seeking a new office location, but in the interim, staff are available at the Service B.C. centre at 3201 30th St. Clients can pick up  cheques and have other immediate needs addressed.

Clients with non-urgent needs can contact the ministry’s toll free line at 1-866-866-0800.

 

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