NEWS RELEASE · 12th July 2013
Bella Bella RCMP and Emergency crews were extremely busy this morning as a structure fire to the local Band Store spread quickly and destroyed the neighbouring Liquor store, Post Office and café.
Bella Bella RCMP were notified at 04:00am that the Band Store was on fire and the flames were rapidly growing. Due to the close proximity of several gas and diesel tanks at the local gas bar, RCMP initiated an evacuation of the local hospital and several residences in the area.
The building that houses all 4 businesses was a 35 year old wood structure and although fire crews attended quickly, the immense fire destroyed the building which was the main store for the community.
“This devastating fire has destroyed the main grocery store and other buisnesses which will greatly affect the entire community” Stated Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer “RCMP along with the local Band Chief and Counsel are working closely together to ensure emergency plans are developed and implemented”.
Members of the Health Emergency Management BC have been contacted to assist the community during this disaster that will affect the community in many levels. RCMP Forensic Identification services and the Fire Commissioner are currently enroute to the small community and are expected to arrive in Bella Bella on Saturday morning.
Bella Bella RCMP continue to investigate.