Fire dam­ages Parks Canada build­ing in Cape Bre­ton

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC - BY JEREMY FRASER

The RCMP is in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a fire caused se­vere dam­age to a Parks Canada build­ing near the Fresh Wa­ter Lake Trail in Ingonish Beach.

The fire hap­pened around 5 a.m. on Sun­day in the Cape Bre­ton High­lands Na­tional Park.

“The build­ing it­self was used as a wash­room and change fa­cil­ity for our vis­i­tors,” said Maria O’Hearn, man­ager of ex­ter­nal re­la­tions for Parks Canada Cape Bre­ton.

“It’s al­ways dis­ap­point­ing to lose an im­por­tant piece of in­fra­struc­ture,” she said. “We’ve made ad­just­ments with the use of the Ingonish beach wash­room and change area.”

Fire­fight­ers from the Ingonish Beach and North Ingonish Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ments re­sponded to the scene and were able to con­tain the fire with­out it spread­ing.

Parks Canada fire crews were also called to the scene for pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures in case of a wild­fire. The cause of the fire is un­known. Dam­age to the build­ing is es­ti­mated at $60,000.

O’Hearn said be­cause the fire hap­pened in the early morn­ing hours it didn’t af­fect those vis­it­ing the trail through­out the day on Sun­day.

“We have had one mi­nor ad­just­ment to an evening guided walk, just not to use the area im­pacted by the fire,” she said.

O’Hearn said Parks Canada does plan to re­build the fa­cil­ity, how­ever there’s no time­line as to when it will be re­built.

The Fresh Wa­ter Lake Trail re­mains open to vis­i­tors.

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