SCHOOLS – Loss of Parkcrest elementary to fire ‘devastating’

(Image: Kent Simmonds, CFJC Today)

School District 73 issued this statement (Sept. 5, 2019) at 8:44 p.m. about the Parkcrest elementary school fire:

At 17:08 on Thursday, Sept. 5, Kamloops Fire and Rescue (KFR) received a 911 call and an alarm notification regarding a fire at Parkcrest elementary, 2170 Parkcrest Ave.  KFR responded immediately and  escalated the response to a second alarm within minutes, thereby deploying all possible resources and ten pieces of KFR apparatus — including two aerial devices, four fire engines, and a rescue vehicle.  Currently as of 20:35 there are over 30 KFR personnel onsite as well as representatives from other first response agencies.

KFR advises the public to stay away from the area as it is an active fire scene and crews will be on-scene for an extended period of time.  Updates about the status of the fire will be posted at

“KFR crews are working hard to control the blaze and will be on-scene for the next several hours.  We are requesting everyone to stay clear of the area,” said Assistant Fire Chief Steve Robinson.  “Residents of the nearby area are advised to keep their windows closed to maintain their indoor quality.”

The School District advises parents of Parkcrest students to keep children home tomorrow and during the week of Sept. 9-13 as the School District and the City work on plans for continuum of education for these students.

“The loss of Parkcrest Elementary School is devastating to the students of the school and the staff who worked in the building. We are in the process of developing a plan to educate children at an alternate location. We are working diligently to ensure the emotional well being and continuity of education of our students,” said Alison Sidow, Superindent of Schools.

Updates on plans for school will be posted over the course of the next week at

“We are currently using all of the available KFR resources and will cooperate fully with the school board to assist them in any way we can to help ensure that the education of students can continue in a timely manner,” said Mayor Ken Chrsitan.

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1 Comment on SCHOOLS – Loss of Parkcrest elementary to fire ‘devastating’

  1. Ian M MacKenzie // September 6, 2019 at 8:27 AM // Reply

    This fire reminds me of the total destruction of Connaught Jr. Sec. school in Prince George about 60 years ago. It erupted just a couple of days before the school was opened for students that year.At the time I was the vice-principal of the school and was awakened in the early morning hours by a telephone call from Phil MacGregor, the principal. We spent a cold night on the rise of land to the south of the school watching the school burn to the ground. A particular memory was the fire ball that erupted from the towering cloud of flame when the heat hit the chemistry store room.
    That was before the days of portables, but the city responded magnificently in cancelling all reservations at the city’s Civic Center and turning it into a large secondary school with temporary 8′ high walls between classrooms in one week. We were there a year while a new school was built and It was a very successful year, requiring everybody in the student body and on staff to use a great deal of flexibility, tolerance and innovation in overcoming irritants that we couldn’t have imagined before.
    But we learned a great deal about cooperation and one another because of that fire.

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