January 26, 2014 9:15 pm
Updated: January 26, 2014 9:16 pm

UPDATE: Drayton Valley Omniplex to partially reopen Monday


EDMONTON – The Drayton Valley Omniplex will partially reopen Monday, following a roof collapse Friday afternoon.

The town’s website says Omni 1 and 2 and Total Works Fitness will be open at 6:00 a.m. All scheduled ice times are  good to go, as well.

However, all curling has been cancelled for the rest of the season.

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Fire crews were called to the building around 1:00 Friday afternoon, after part of the roof over the curling rink collapsed. When they arrived at the building crews had to deal with two issues, the first being a water leak.

“Fire crews located the leak, and immediately shut the water off. We also had a gas leak issue. ATCO Gas was called. ATCO shut the gas off into that area,” said Tom Thomson, fire chief of Drayton Valley/ Brazeau County Fire Services.

There were about 20 people inside the facility at the time of the collapse. Luckily, no one was injured.

“There was some practice happening and it had just wrapped up, so those people were leaving the building,” said Drayton Valley Mayor, Glenn McLean. “We were very fortunate.”

Fire crews have since secured the building, and investigators are working to determine what caused the collapse.

Scheduled events at the Omniplex, including a bonspiel that was supposed to happen later Friday afternoon, had been suspended.

“This is unfortunate,” McLean said. “I’m glad that no one was hurt. It happened at the right time, so in that sense we were lucky. But at the same time, as I said, this is a well-used facility. We want our people to be active… and this is a big part of it. It’s very much a focal point of the community.”

The town says the curling lounge and Mackenzie Conference Centre will remain closed to the public. It hopes to have these areas open by the end of this week.

This is the latest in a string of similar incidents across the province this month.

Earlier this week, the roof of a decades-old arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed.

READ MORE: Survivor of Alberta roof collapse recounts brush with death

Last week, massive amounts of accumulated snow caused a barn in central Alberta to collapse, killing several dairy cows.

And the week before that, the roof of a Whitecourt IGA came down under the weight of heavy snow.

This story was originally published on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. It was updated Sunday at 6:15 p.m.


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