The Trail Legion will be closed for at least a couple of weeks.
The Trail Legion Branch No. 11 sustained extensive smoke damage to the interior of the building following a fire last week which fortunately was contained to the outside.
Police reports stated a person had been camping beside the building and had lit a campfire. The campfire was believed to have been the cause of the fire to the exterior of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Quick response from firefighters kept the blaze from entering the building. However, the walkway leading to hall has extensive damage as well as the outside of the building.
“We are continuing to investigate the incident and there are no further updates at this time,” Sgt. Mike Wicentowich of the Trail RCMP told the Trail Times on Monday.
Glenda Reilly of the Legion said nothing is open to the public yet and it could be some time before operations are back to normal.
“The lounge area is expected to be closed for a couple of weeks anyway.”
She added the hall is closed indefinitely.
“At this point, with the hall, we’re not too sure what the time frame will be.”
Reilly said right now staff is concentrating on the lounge to get that back up and running.
“It’s basically the smoke in here,” she explained. “We’re taking everything apart and cleaning everything. Stuff like that.”
There has been no dollar figure placed on the amount of damage.
Nevertheless, a prime gathering area for many people in the city is out of commission for now.
“Everybody has been very supportive,” said Reilly. “We just hope get going fairly quickly.”