City orders emergency evacuation of downtown apartment building
The City of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Fire Department ordered an emergency evacuation of an apartment building at the corner of Stadacona Street and First Avenue Northwest. City building officials and the fire department conducted an inspection on Monday and found numerous fire code violations and determined there were "no life-saving measures currently in operation." The city has started the process of contacting the registered owner of the building. On Tuesday, the city and the fire department evacuated the building due to the immediate safety risks to the tenants and the occupants of the building in accordance with the Fire Safety Act. The inspection also revealed a gas leak and build up that resulted in the valve being shut off. Other risks noted included windows that could not be opened, deteriorating exterior flooring on fire escapes, suites that do not have doors or locks and accumulation of combustibles, some of such are blocking emergency exits. The gas to the entire building had been shut off and the power has been turned off to the common areas of the apartment building. Occupants were given time to gather personal belongings and co-ordinate alternative places to stay. Those impacted will be allowed to return at a later date to gather their remaining items. Those living in the building have been offered services to immediately relocate through Social Services. The John Howard Society is offering additional support with hygiene packs, and food and clothing donations. The Moose Jaw Housing Authority is providing applications for available housing units. Anyone wishing to make a donation can drop it off at the John Howard Society at 15 Hochelaga Street West. The Moose Jaw Police Service PACT unit and community paramedics are helping with the evacuation. We will have more as this story develops. In response to Canada's Online News Act and Meta (Facebook and Instagram) removing access to local news from their platforms, Discover Moose Jaw encourages you to get your news directly from your trusted source by bookmarking this page and downloading the Discover Moose Jaw app HERE.