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Stairwell fire at downtown Trail church moves Sunday service outdoors

Firefighters were at the Pine Avenue scene in 4 minutes
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church members enjoyed an outdoor service on Sunday after a fire was discovered on the back stairwell early Saturday morning. Photo: Jenni Sirges

Police are investigating a fire discovered early Saturday in a downtown Trail church.

Three members of Station 374 Trail responded to a fire alarm that went off in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.

“Upon arrival, crews discovered smoke coming from the back stairwell,” Captain Grant Tyson reports.

He says fortunately the church’s fire alarm was activated as smoke had filled the building.

“Early detection and quick response time saved this building from serious damage.”

While all was cleaned up from the church’s close call with the stairwell fire by the following day, the lingering smoky odour gave members a perfectly prudent reason to hold Sunday morning service in the fresh air.

“So good to be in the garden,” shares Anglican church member Jenni Sirges. “We have found positives from our early morning near-miss, and this is one of them.”

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