North­mart fire and its im­pact

Com­pany hop­ing to open tem­po­rary gro­cery store­front in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY EVAN CA­REEN

A fire at the North­mart store in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay on Satur­day, Sept. 15 left the build­ing ex­ten­sively dam­aged.

The Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay Fire Depart­ment got a call at about 2:20 a.m. on Satur­day, Sept. 15 about a fire at the North­mart gro­cery store on Hamil­ton River Road.

Fire Chief Brad But­ler said when they ar­rived on scene the fire was burn­ing in­side and out­side

of the build­ing. The depart­ment used a back­hoe to tear down part of the front of the build­ing.

But­ler said they had about 20 vol­un­teers on scene and did a quick sweep of the build­ing to make sure there was no one in­side. He said they had the fire out in about 10 min­utes and the fire didn’t ex­tend be­yond the end of the cash regis­ter area. How­ever, be­tween the fire,

smoke and wa­ter dam­age from the sprin­klers the build­ing was ex­ten­sively dam­aged.

“No doubt it’ll be a big blow to the com­mu­nity,” he said. “The place is full of gro­ceries, pro­duce, ev­ery­thing, and they’re not get­ting this fixed be­fore win­ter, I wouldn’t say. The whole build­ing will have to be re­done.”

The North West Com­pany, which owns North­mart, is­sued a press re­lease on Mon­day, Sept. 17 that stated the sus­pected cause of the blaze is an elec­tri­cal fire.

“We are grate­ful that all of our em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers are safe,” said David Chatyr­bok, vice-pres­i­dent of sales and op­er­a­tions at The North West Com­pany in the re­lease. “As fire dam­age was con­tained to the front of the build­ing mainly im­pact­ing the food sec­tion, our cur­rent plan is to re­vamp the

“No doubt it’ll be a big blow to the com­mu­nity” - Fire Chief Brad But­ler

ad­ja­cent 14,000 square feet of gen­eral mer­chan­dise area to ac­com­mo­date a tem­po­rary food store un­til a longer term plan is de­vel­oped.”

He said it’s im­por­tant they are up and run­ning as soon as pos­si­ble for the ben­e­fit of both cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees.

The re­lease said fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing an an­tic­i­pated re-open­ing time­line for the store, will be pro­vided once con­firmed.

Co-op, the only other gro­cery store in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay, has said it plans to in­crease the amount of food it brings in to ac­com­mo­date the an­tic­i­pated de­mand.



The fire depart­ment were on scene just after 2:20 a.m.

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