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Merritt's mayor confirming that residents displaced by the fire that continues to burn at Kengard Manor are being taken care of.

"Everybody got evacuated. The fire chief and his crew did an excellent job. The majority got down to the Civic Centre. Our staff is helping people fill out the emergency services forms, and the New Comfort Inn is supplying the rooms."

With well over 50 people displaced Menard says the work to help all those affected has only started.

"Tomorrow morning we'll start over again. We might have to re-do a few of the forms, but everybody is covered for three days, and we're going to do everything we can to help them."

Displaced residents are instructed to go to the Merritt Civic Centre to register.

 

 

Fire at the Kengard Manor continues to rage.

Members of the Merritt Fire Rescue Department continue to work to contain the blaze that broke out inside the apartment complex on Merritt Avenue at about noon today

Chief Dave Tomkinson confirms all rooms were evacuated almost immediately.

"It's a three-story building with approximately 35 to 40 units. There are no injuries. We've been in contact with emergency services and RCMP to make sure displaced residents are taken care of."

After starting slow the fire picked up in intensity around 3pm, spreading to other parts of the building but

Tomkinson isn't saying though whether all the individual units will be damaged.

"I'm not going to say that at this point. Crews continue to battle the fire, and that's where we stand right now."

The fire is believed to have started in the basement, in a dryer in the laundry room.

Tomkinson confirms the building manager tried unsuccessfully to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher.

Over twenty firefighters remain on scene, as a mixture of white and black smoke continues to pour out of the northwest corner of the roof of the building

Tomkinson is expecting that crews will be able to get a handle on it soon, but will be working well into the night to fully extinguish the fire.

An emergency evacuation centre has been set up at the Merritt Civic Centre.

Merritt Golf and Country Club not expecting to be open for weeks.

Head Professional Sydney Van Rensburg hoped that despite the extreme winter they would still be able to open April 1st, but at this point the course is in still in rough shape.

"I'm looking down hole four, and two right now and there are big, big, big pools of water. And, the same is the case on some of the greens. But, the biggest problem right now is that there's still snow on the backside."

Van Rensburg says the board plans to meet in two weeks, and hopes to have a better idea of an opening date by then.

Until then, he asks that everybody keep off the course.

 

Members of the Merritt Fire Rescue Department continuing attempts to contain a fire at the Kengard Manor apartment complex.

The fire at the building located on Merritt Ave started just before noon, and is believed to have originated in the basement of the building.

All residents have been evacuated from the building.

An emergency reception area has been temporarily setup at the Merritt Civic Centre for anyone displaced.

At this point, no injuries have been reported.

 

TNRD announcing 2017 Free Dump Days and Hazardous Waste Roundup.

Environmental Services Technologist Cassie Enn says here in the Nicola Valley Dump Days are scheduled at their transfer stations at Aspen Grove on May 4th, and Lower Nicola, and Logan Lake May 6th.

One free load will be granted.

"It's for residential loads, not commercial or business. And, a load is no larger than an 8ft truck box, or an 8ft dump trailer.

The Annual Household Hazardous Waste Roundup is also scheduled in Merritt May 6th.

"Things that are corrosive, or toxic, or hard to dispose of every other time of the year. You can bring them to us and we will dispose of them safely, and for free at the Merritt Civic Centre parking lot."

For more information about either event, go to www.tnrd.ca.

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