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On Thursday, September 5, the Parkcrest Elementary School in Kamloops was lost to fire. Thankfully nobody was hurt in the blaze which has now been ruled not suspicious.

It has been determined that a working sprinkler system would not have saved the building, however that hasn’t stopped BC Education Minister Rob Fleming from suggesting the possibility of mandating sprinklers in all BC schools.

Locally, SD-58 Superintendent Steve McNiven spoke to the sprinkler situation in schools across the district.

“We have sprinkler systems in all of our schools across the district,” said McNiven. “The only buildings that don't have sprinklers at this point are the board offices in both Merritt and Princeton, and the bus shop in Princeton.”

“The safety of our students in number one. I don’t have the history of when they were completed, but it’s good news that they are all in place,” added McNiven.

McNiven did mention that the district offered help to Kamloops in the wake of the fire, but it now appears the district will be able to relocate all their students within their own district. 


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