SUMMERSIDE – Summerside city council may be putting plans for a new fire hall on the fast track after last week’s cold, winter weather damaged the roof of the existing firehouse.
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The ceiling area of the main hall of the Summerside Fire Hall had to be removed after water worked its way through the roof and into the second floor of the building. In all, ceilings in four rooms had to be removed.
Fire Chief Jim Peters said the Summerside fire hall sustained thousands of dollars in damages after water made its way through the roof and flooded the second floor of the building.
“With the building, it was originally a flat roof,” Peters said. “Sometime around the mid-80s they put a trussed-peaked roof on it because we just couldn’t keep the water out with the flat roof. It was just leaking all of the time.”
He said the two roofs separated with the ice jam two weeks ago.
“So, we’ve got daylight on the south side and on part of the east side and part of the west side the water was coming right on,” Peters said. “It came right in and go on the flat roof. When it got on the flat roof it just came right down through the ceilings.”
Peters said the ceilings had to be removed in four rooms including the main hall.
“They all have to be replaced and we can’t replace them until we fix the roof,” the fire chief said. “We’re in a spot because we can’t do much with the roof until it gets warm.”
Peters estimated that damage at between $50,000 and $60,000.
“Insurance will cover part of it,” he said.
Peters said some water did make it down to the first floor where he fire fighting equipment and trucks are housed but that has been cleaned up.
Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart was unaware of the damage at the fire hall.
“The only thing I can say is that I know we’re in the process of getting a new fire hall,” Stewart said. “This will probably push the envelope a little more. You can only patch so long. I know they have a water problem in the basement and the floor sagging and they had to get that propped up.”
The mayor said the building has served the city well but has had its day.
“There’s a report coming soon to council on a number of things on the building and where it should be located,” he said. “This roof damage, it happened and we’ll have to deal with it in the meantime until we get the new facility in place.”