District staff confirmed a local company has been contracted for the demolition of the burnt structure at 1305 Rauma Cres.

Demolition coming for burned building

The fire-damaged commercial/residential building at 1305 Rauma Crescent will soon be demolished.

The fire-damaged commercial/residential building at 1305 Rauma Crescent will soon be demolished.

Last Wednesday, district community planner Mike Marrs told council what remains of the former home of Extreme Power Sports will be coming down in the near future.

“I spoke to the insurance corporation yesterday… and confirmed again this morning they have tendered and awarded demolition contracts for that building to a local contractor, and it’s just a matter of paper work and obtaining of demolition permits,” said Marrs. “We’re just waiting for signed authorization from the owner so we can issue those. It will be done fairly quickly.”

Marrs confirmed the cost of the demolition will be covered by the insurance company.

The fire occurred on May 6. The building’s owner, Jason Stutzke, told the News he had lost not only things belonging to his business, Extreme Power Sports, in the blaze, but also numerous personal belongings.

The fire was not deemed suspicious; however, because of its size, the Office of the Fire Commissioner was asked to assist in the investigation.

Council was pleased to hear the burnt structure would be dealt with.

“We were going to get involved in it because we want it out of there,” commented Mayor Terry Rysz. “We were about to force our hand… We were waiting for the insurance companies, for them to finish their investigation, which they now have, and it’s their responsibility to demolish the building so now they’re looking after it.”