Kelowna’s youth mental health hub has reopened its doors a month after a small kitchen fire broke out forcing its closure.
Foundry Kelowna has announced it is reopening on Kirschner Road following the July fire, which caused smoke damage to the entire centre. The organization had been working out of Central School on Richter Street since the blaze, which disrupted activities and services.
According to Shelagh Turner, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kelowna Executive Director, crews have been working hard the past four weeks to get the Foundry back into their space.
“The team at Okanagan Restoration has been committed to getting us back into our offices on Kirschner Road as quickly as possible. We are extremely grateful to them, to the Central Okanagan School District for opening up for us, and to the community as a whole that has come forward and stepped in to help us navigate this situation.”
There were no injuries as a result of the fire. Investigators believe the fire was started because the stove was left on and there was an appliance on top of it.
Regular programs and services have now resumed at Foundry Kelowna, but the kitchen and youth lounge, where the fire originated, will remain closed while renovations are completed in that area.
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