Furnace exhaust redirected to forced-air system over Christmas holidays
O'LEARY - The O'Leary Farmers Co-op Food Market has temporarily closed its doors due to the effects of soot from a heating system failure.
The Co-op Gas Bar and Co-op Feed Mill are unaffected by the incident and remain open for business. The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy is also functioning, with access separated from the rest of the store for customer safety.
When staff arrived at the store to prepare to reopen after the Christmas holiday, they discovered that the store interior had been covered with a layer of dust and ash from a heating system malfunction. Furnace exhaust had re-directed to the forced-air heating distribution system.
"It is being investigated by the insurance company," stated Co-op general manager Darren MacKinnon.
The system is checked at least twice a year, according to MacKinnon. He is confident the problem will be attributed to equipment failure rather than human error or deliberate interference.
A restoration company has been called in to lead and supervise the clean-up. All product in the store will be disposed of, with replacement expected to take 5-7 days.
Customers are advised to use the services of neighbouring Co-op stores in Tignish and Wellington, which are assisting as much as possible through the crisis.
Seniors who rely on deliery service can call the Co-op as usual as a temporary alternate service has been arranged. In emergency situations, customers may contact the administration office for assistance.