Council awaiting fire report
The Maniototo Arts Centre in Ranfurly will remain closed until further notice after a fire damaged the building.
A Central Otago District Council spokeswoman said a New Zealand Fire Service Fire Risk Management Officer visited the centre on Friday to carry out a site inspection and investigate the cause of last Wednesday’s fire.
Council had not yet received the formal report, she said.
‘‘The arts centre remains closed until further notice. Council officers are working with local contractors to assess when services to the front meeting and workrooms can be re- established.
‘‘Council is working with its insurers to determine when repairs to the damaged section of the building can be made.’’
Arts Centre user groups were temporarily using council’s other community facilities as appropriate, she said.
A fire safety officer will investigate the fire.
The fire and water damage was contained to the back kiln room of the Arts Centre.
The back art work room and the front meeting room and kitchenette had minimal smoke damage only.
Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said the council wished to thank the local firefighters.
They did a great job containing the fire, and he expressed his gratitude that no one was hurt.
The Maniototo Arts Centre.