Community Centre - parkade and library update

Great news! Strathcona County Library and the Community Centre Parkade have re-opened.

The Community Centre complex was closed, and re-opened in stages, as a result of an incident on November 6, 2018 when two explosions occurred in the Community Centre Parkade.

Media statements

About the November 6 incident

On November 6, at approximately 6:20 p.m., there was an explosion in the Community Centre parkade. The resulting fire was called in to 9-1-1. Fire fighters were first on scene. Staff and patrons were evacuated as a safety precaution.  

About two hours later, there was a second explosion. It then became an RCMP crime scene. A lone male was found injured in a vehicle and was transported to hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, the concentration and unknown properties of smoke and soot throughout the entire complex (including Community Centre, library, parkade, Vicky’s and County Hall), the area was closed and turned over to the RCMP Major Crimes unit.  Area schools and businesses were closed to ensure the RCMP team had room to conduct their investigation.

RCMP concluded a thorough search of the entire Community Centre area and investigated the scene at the parkade as of November 15. They reported their findings and returned the building to Strathcona County. Air quality and structural testing were conducted prior to anyone being let back on site – even to collect their vehicles. Once air quality was deemed safe, additional structural and environmental testing was possible.

The RCMP file remains open for the Strathcona County Community Centre incident until the lab results are finalized. Timing for this is dependent on overall lab workload.


Last updated: Friday, October 04, 2019
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