Westcourt Place Fire Update

Thursday November 14th, 2019

Posted at 2:38pm

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Last updated: Friday November 15th, 10:39pm

The evacuation of the Westcourt Place building on Chatham Street continues after a fire Monday.

That fire has displaced over 200 residents from 164 units as well as 30 commercial tenants after the fire severely damaged the building’s privately owned electrical infrastructure.

The on-scene fire investigation has been concluded, allowing control of the building to be turned back to the building ownership, but the building remains closed under orders of the Medical Officer of Health.

Progress has been made in moving towards a return to power, with a generator now on scene and steps towards installation and hook-up taking place.

But, the city warns that re-occupancy may not be quick, as there will be tests of equipment needed, inspections to take place and a plan developed by the owners to bring residents and tenants home.

Unfortunately, no date can be put on re-occupancy at this time, and all residents are to stay with their current housing arrangements with family, friends, hotel or motel.

The temporary shelter at the WFCU Centre has now been closed, as the 30 residents who were unable to find their own accommodations originally are now in motels supported by Westcourt ownership. All activities at the WFCU Centre have returned to normal.

Residents and tenants of Westcourt Place are able to contact building management via email, but please be patient, as the manager is doing her best to deal with all issues as quickly as she can. The building manager is also setting up an office in the downtown until she can return to her own in the Westcourt building, and notice on that location will be shared when accommodations are secured. Ownership is also being encouraged to set up an online presence where residents and tenants can find up-to-date information going forward.

Residents who find they need assistance outside of what the Westcourt owners are providing can contact 211 for information and referral on community, social, health and government services. Call 211, 24/7 or 1-866-686-0045.

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