Alarm bells rang out early Tuesday morning at the Women’s Emergency Accommodations Centre. CEO Barb Spencer says that it was a mattress fire that caused the sprinkler systems to go off. However, the small amount of fire and smoke damage is not what caused the most damage.
“What we have mostly is water damage from the 4th floor to the lower floors which has compromised about a third of our space.”
Spencer says they don’t have a damage estimate yet, but the insurance adjuster has been on site.
“We’re going to regroup again on Monday morning. We certainly have fans in there and there’s people on site looking at the impact the water has had on the ceilings, which is drywall. So we have some bulges which we know will have to be taken down and replaced.”
The shelter will also need a new smoke detection system.
Spencer says that all the women were moved to an alternate location that night, but until repairs are completed, the city has 66 less beds for vulnerable women. Spencer says they hope to have two thirds of the unaffected beds available as soon as possible.