Roof of Auditorium at Northgate Lions Senior Centre Collapses
January 25, 2011
Investigators are trying to determine why the roof and wall of the auditorium in the Northgate Lions Senior Centre collapsed. Crews with Edmonton Fire Rescue responded to the collapse at about 1:15pm on Tuesday, January 25.
No one was injured in the incident. About 20 seniors were taking part in a music rehearsal in the auditorium before the collapse.
The senior centre was evacuated. Two searches of the building found no one trapped or injured.
It’s believed that snow on the roof of the building was a factor in the collapse, but further investigation is needed to confirm the cause.
Investigators with Alberta Health and Safety have assessed the site and instructed the City of Edmonton to investigate the cause of the collapse with a third party engineering firm.
As a result of this incident, the City will now include City-owned buildings with large roof spans and buildings with public assembly areas as part of their snow emergency inspection program. They had previously focused on older buildings.
The Northgate Lions Senior Centre was built in 1974.
The Northgate Lions Senior Centre is closed to the public until further notice. Staff with Community Services will try to find alternate programs for groups who used the Northgate facility.
For more information:
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services
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