Times Colonist

Costly fire puts Oak Bay tennis bubble on the sidelines


An early-morning fire yesterday at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre has put tennis off limits at one of the centre’s tennis bubbles indefinite­ly.

The bubble was taken down, putting three courts out of action, after part of it started to melt in a fire that started about 6 a.m. yesterday.

“We don’t know at this point how long it will be out of action for,” said David Gilchrist, the centre’s manager of administra­tive services.

The fire started in a cinderbloc­k entry structure to the bubble, said Oak Bay assistant fire chief Tom Pearse.

The entry structure had about $25,000 damage, but it’s not yet known how much it will cost to repair the bubble.

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