Friday, November 14, 2014

Fire in the Library

On the evening of November 12, a fire broke out in the basement of the seminary library. The fire department responded quickly and prevented the fire from getting out of control.
In an email to faculty, staff, and students, Dr. Jim Gimbel said "although the structural damage is minimal, the heavy soot and smoke damage is a huge mess.  Furthermore, a burned wiring area has messed up the circuit for a major part of our heating unit, so our building is also quite cold."
The seminary community has been welcomed by both the ABC District Office and Concordia University College of Alberta, who have offered the use of office space, classroom space, and whatever else is needed during the clean-up and restoration.
Seminary classes continue to be held, and faculty and staff are using other spaces for work until November 24 when the offices and classroom areas should be clean and re-habitable. The library clean-up is forecasted to take 6 to 8 weeks.
We thank God for His protection in a situation that could have been far worse and are thankful for the cooperation and outpouring of support from so many of you.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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