Monday, January 25, 2010

Centre Street fire update


UPDATES AS OF January 26, 2010 6 p.m.

As of 16:30 hours the Municipal Emergency Plan has been deactivated with regard to the incident at 221 Centre Street South. Approximately 95 per cent of the residents that were evacuated yesterday have been resettled back into their suites.

The reception centre which has been open all day at the Chinese Cultural Seniors’ Centre is being closed now. Calgary Emergency Management Agency and DSS staff will be situated in the lobby of the apartment building to assist those returning home after 17:00 hours.

“This response required the coordination of a number of services to ensure the emergency was well handled, said the Director of CEMA Bruce Burrell. “This was one of the most coordinated responses we have seen, the responders, all of them, were just excellent”

The City would like to thank the evacuees for their patience and cooperation during this process. Further, we thank all Calgarians who have had to contend with road closures yesterday during rush hour. While the plan has now been deactivated, recovery efforts for the residents will be ongoing for some time.

UPDATES AS OF January 26, 2010 1 p.m.
Yesterday morning and well into the evening, a coordinated effort was made by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, The Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Police Service, EMS, Roads, Water Services/Water Resources, Development and Building Approvals, Disaster Social Services, Calgary Transit, Alberta Emergency Management Agency and Alberta Health Services in response to a fire at 221 Centre Street S.
As a result of the fire, approximately 164 residents were evacuated from a nearby apartment building and provided overnight accommodations. Residents will be permitted back into their suites once the Fire Department has deemed it safe to do so.
The Calgary Fire Department has been investigating elements such as air quality of the building as well as the building’s mechanical systems. While there are no air quality concerns, mechanical crews are working on ensuring that the elevators in the building are in safe working order. At this time, there is no estimation as to when that will be completed, although crews are working diligently to try to complete necessary repairs today.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Road Closures.
UPDATES AS OF January 26, 2010 8 a.m.
The City of Calgary is advising that 2 Ave. between 1st s.w. and Centre Street is now closed both ways for the duration of today, January 26, 2010.

Centre Street Bridge Closures.UPDATES AS OF 5:35 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 26

Centre Street and 2nd Ave SE have been re-opened. These routes had been closed yesterday and into last night due to the activity related to the fire at 221 Centre Street SW.

Please note that overnight, City Roads crews have salted and sanded Centre Street due to ice build up. Please use caution when accessing the area.

There may be additional road closures after the morning rush-hour commute due to the on going investigation by the Calgary Fire Department. We will communicate those closures later this morning.

Centre Street Bridge Closures.UPDATES AS OF 6:35 p.m. Monday Jan. 25

As a result of a fire that occurred early this morning at 211 Centre Street S.W., the building is currently in the process of being demolished.

Residents of the two apartment buildings adjacent to the fire are encouraged to register at the reception centre, which is located at the Calgary Chinese Seniors Centre, 111 Riverfront Ave. S.W., if they require temporary accommodations.

The registration centre will be open tonight until 11 p.m. and will reopen tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

Inquiries can be directed to 3-1-1.

Residents will not be allowed back into their apartment buildings until the buildings are deemed safe; which is not expected to be resolved until at least 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Road closures are expected to remain in effect until tomorrow morning. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

Centre Street Bridge Closures.UPDATES AS OF 2:55 p.m. Monday Jan. 25

The following road closures will remain in effect:
  • there will be a temporary lane reversal from 15:30 – 19:00 on northbound Edmonton Tr. to allow for 3 northbound lanes between 3 Ave. N.E. and 12 Ave N.E. in an effort to accommodate extra traffic using this route leaving the downtown.
  • Northbound Centre St. Bridge open via westbound 2 Ave. S.E. at 3:30 p.m. -- limited capacity available.
  • Northbound Centre St. remains closed between 4 Ave. and 2 Ave. S.
  • Southbound Centre St.remains closed at 7 Ave N.
  • Riverfront Ave. will open to traffic exiting the downtown via the lower deck on the Centre St. bridge at 3:30 p.m.
Centre St. fire update
Mon., Jan. 25, 2:10 p.m.

Ten units from the Calgary Fire Department remain on the scene of a fire at 221 Centre St. S.W.

The fire is ongoing, but smoke has been reduced. Earlier in the day, two adjacent apartment buildings at 123 Centre St. S.W. and 233 Centre St. S.W. were ordered evacuated as a result of carbon monoxide levels that were approaching levels of concern for elderly persons.

A total of 54 people were evacuated.

A reception centre has been established at the Calgary Chinese Seniors Centre, 111 Riverfront Ave S.W.

The fire has required road closures and alterations to Calgary Transit service which may extend into the evening rush hour. Transit service on the following routes will continue but will be affected: Routes 2,3,4,17,301,403 and 433


***Road Closures Map

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