The Grand Forks RCMP are currently investigating a fire that caused extensive damage to the Grand Forks City Hall, early this morning.
“A fire and panic alarm was received at approximately 5:30 am. When the fire department and RCMP arrived the first floor of the building was on fire,” said an RCMP press release.
The fire department was able to extinguish the blaze, however, significant damage was caused to the entire first floor. Arson investigators are en-route to the scene, in an effort to determine the cause of the fire, however, at this time it does appear suspicious.
Sgt. Darryl Little of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment (KBRD) said in the release that a person of interest has been taken into custody and members of the KBRD General Investigation Section will be speaking to him about the incident. The City Hall is a two storey building so a structural engineer may need to be consulted to determine if it is safe to enter.
No injuries were reported.