UN­DER IN­VES­TI­GA­TION

North Syd­ney Wal­mart re­mains closed with no date for re­open­ing

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEREMY FRASER

Smoke can­is­ter causes mi­nor dam­age at Me­mo­rial, while North Syd­ney Wal­mart re­mains closed.

School board of­fi­cials say a smoke sig­nal can­is­ter set off last week at a lo­cal high school caused only mi­nor dam­age.

A smoke sig­nal can­is­ter was dis­charged at Me­mo­rial High School in Syd­ney Mines, caus­ing lim­ited dam­age to ceil­ing tiles in the build­ing.

“All they had to do was re­place some ceil­ing tiles, as for the floor, all they had to do was wax it,” said Michelle MacLeod, spokesper­son for the Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria Re­gional School Board.

“It was dust that came out (from the smoke sig­nal can­is­ter) so there was a lot of wash­ing and clean­ing.”

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice and the Syd­ney Mines Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment re­sponded to the high school around 10:30 a.m. last Thurs­day to an­swer a re­port of a fire alarm. Af­ter a search of the build­ing, fire­fight­ers lo­cated a smoke sig­nal can­is­ter un­der­neath a stair­way.

No one was hurt. Stu­dents and staff were evac­u­ated from the school. School board of­fi­cials can­celled classes for the re­main­der of the day as a pre­cau­tion.

MacLeod said the clean­ing as well the re­place­ment of ceil­ing tiles was com­pleted on Thurs­day, prior to the stu­dents re­turn­ing to class, Fri­day morn­ing.

Mean­while, on Nov. 6, the North Syd­ney Wal­mart was evac­u­ated af­ter some­body set off a smoke sig­nal can­is­ter, re­port­edly be­tween freezer units

in the re­tail gro­cery sec­tion, inside the King Street lo­ca­tion.

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice, along with the North Syd­ney Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment and

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Fire Ser­vices Hazmat team, were called to the Wal­mart store around 4:30 p.m. to re­ports of or­ange smoke

inside the build­ing.

Cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees were evac­u­ated from Wal­mart as well as parts of the North Syd­ney Mall.

The Hazmat team con­firmed the smoke to be non-toxic.

“We’re still work­ing on the store and we don’t have a re­open­ing date yet,” said Alex Rober­ton, se­nior di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate af­fairs for Wal­mart Canada, in an in­ter­view with the Cape Bre­ton Post on Tues­day.

Re­gional po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate both in­ci­dents.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dents is asked to con­tact re­gional po­lice at 902-563-5151 or anony­mously through Crime Stop­pers.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Mem­bers of the Syd­ney Mines Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment re­sponded to Me­mo­rial High School, last Thurs­day, af­ter a smoke sig­nal can­is­ter was set off in the build­ing. No one was hurt in the in­ci­dent.

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