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City demolishes part of Fairview Arena after February roof collapse

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Crews have begun to demolish the Fairview Arena after the roof collapsed in February – Mar 16, 2018

The city demolished the rink section of the Fairview Arena on Friday following the collapse of the facility’s roof in February.

The damage was so extensive wrecking crews were brought in to take down the rest of the rink’s structure in order to determine what caused the collapse.

WATCH: The Fairview Arena remains closed off, as the city begins what it calls “selective forensic demolition.” Bulldozers moved in almost a month after the 46-year-old arena’s roof caved in. Jill Croteau reports.

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Fairview Arena being demolished, future of site still in limbo – Mar 16, 2018

The rink was built in 1972 and its roof came crashing in on Feb. 20.

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The arena had been evacuated the night before after officials were made aware of a “small structural issue,” according to a letter sent to arena users.

READ MORE: Emergency crews respond to roof collapse at Calgary arena

Following the collapse, the city launched inspections of 42 arenas across Calgary that were built between 1960 and 1980.

According to chief building inspector Ross McDougall, all inspections are complete as of Friday and officials found no safety concerns.

Watch from Feb 20: Calgary fire crews on scene of a roof collapse at Fairview Arena.

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Calgary fire crews on scene of roof collapse – Feb 20, 2018

The arena was home to community groups, including the Fairview Women’s Hockey Arena Society and the Indefinite Arts Society, both of which the city said have found temporary homes.

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The Fairview Women’s Hockey Arena Society has relocated to the Frank McCool Arena and the Indefinite Arts Society have moved to the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge.

With files from Heide Pearson

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