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Fire Department says recent Cranbrook fires are “not connected” at this time

First, it was the old Legion Hall and May May’s Chinese Restaurant. Then, it was Westland Insurance. Now, as of this past weekend, the former Kootenay Springs Water building has been added to the list of recent commercial fires within Cranbrook.

Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services responded to all three fires in the last two months, with investigations still open and active for each.

Water being poured on May May’s Chinese Restaurant on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to try and extinguish the flames. (Supplied by Chad St. Pierre)

“There have been several fires recently, which are all in different stages of investigation,” said Scott Driver, Director of Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services. “Although circumstances surrounding several recent commercial fires appears to be similar, we have not connected any of them directly.”

The first of the three commercial fires sparked Tuesday, September 1st along Highway 3. Flames first broke out at the old Legion Hall, spreading to the neighbouring May May’s Chinese Restaurant and fully destroying both buildings. The rubble from the fire still remains over a month later as investigators continue to look into the circumstances of the blaze.

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MORE: Total loss of two buildings in devastating Cranbrook blaze (Sept. 2, 2020)

Cranbrook firefighters responding to a fire at Westland Insurance on Theatre Road early Sunday morning. ( Supplied by the Cranbrook Fire Department)

Not even two weeks later, Cranbrook firefighters responded to an overnight fire at Westland Insurance, again just off of Highway 3. Flames sparked around 3:30 am early Sunday, September 13th. Quick action by firefighters managed to salvage the building, but it still remains blocked off to the public.

MORE: Cranbrook Firefighters extinguish blaze at Westland Insurance (Sept. 13, 2020)

Most recently, the fire at the old Kootenay Springs Water building broke out around 6:50 pm on Saturday, October 17th. A large contingent of Cranbrook firefighters responded and extinguished the flames. The building is still standing despite the flames charring the inside of the old structure.

MORE: Fire at old Kootenay Springs Water building in Cranbrook under investigation (Oct. 18, 2020)

There were no injuries as a result of any of the three fires. At this time, all three remain under investigation, with no apparent connection.

“We continue to work with our partners to investigate and determine cause and origin of these fires,” confirmed Driver. “Our investigations are ongoing.”

Cranbrook firefighters respond to the fire at the old Kootenay Springs Water building on Saturday, October 17, 2020. (Supplied by Chad St. Pierre)
A Cranbrook firefighter sprays water into the top level of the old Kootenay Springs Water building, which caught fire Saturday evening, October 17, 2020. (Supplied by Chad St. Pierre)
Emergency responders overlooking the scene on Cranbrook’s 6th Street North after the old Kootenay Springs Water building caught fire Saturday, October 17, 2020. (Supplied by Chad St. Pierre)
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