South Cariboo Rec. Centre arena open to public

Management gets opening approval from CRD and fire chief

Things have moved right along at the arena since the fire inside the mechanical/sprinkler room at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre on July 28.

100 Mile House Fire Rescue responded to a fire callout to the arena around 8:30 a.m., and 10 firefighters hit the fire hard and fast.

After two members worked their way through the dense and black smoke with their thermal imaging camera, located the fire and doused it quickly.

Following the fire, Canlan Ice Sports manager Josh Dickerson and 100 Mile House Fire Rescue chief Roger Hollander assessed the damage and it was decided the arena will be closed to the public until it can be determined what caused the fire.

The fire damaged the pump that boosts the pressure in the sprinkler lines, but that was the only damage.

Dickerson says the contractor had to complete some work so the arena could be opened to the public in time for Canlan Ice Sports summer hockey camps on Aug. 22, which is underway now.

Opening to the general public was approved by 100 Mile House Fire Rescue and the Cariboo Regional District (CRD).

Dickerson says it will likely be a month before they get the new diesel engine in for the booster pump.

“It’s a specialty item and we have to get three quotes for the insurance company. Once it’s awarded and then we’ll get it.

“It’s a rush deal for sure; we’re not sitting on our hands on this.”