Burned building cleanup starts in Alberni

Work has begun on cleaning up the site of an apartment fire on Athol Street at Fourth Avenue in Port Alberni.

Demolition should begin soon on the remains of an apartment building on Athol Street in Port Alberni that burned last winter.

Work has begun on cleaning up the site of an apartment fire on Athol Street at Fourth Avenue in Port Alberni.

“We should see progress very soon,” fire Chief Tim Pley said Tuesday.

Work was delayed in July when traces of asbestos were discovered in the drywall and floor tiles that remained in the burned out building.

The building is now in the hands of the insurance adjustor, Pley said, as well as Worksafe BC, which is holding the adjustor accountable for removing rubble safely.

Now that a workplan is in place a contractor has been hired to remove the rubble and then demolish the remainder of the building.

What is left of the brick façade will be removed.

And since it is not considered to be contaminated, it won’t end up in the landfill, Pley said.

Special liners will be ordered from a firm in New York to line dump trucks that will then take the remaining rubble to the landfill, he said.

Pley anticipates the lot will be cleared within a few weeks. He earlier speculated the job would cost $250,000 to do.

More than 50 people lost their homes and possessions after fire ripped through the Athol Street apartment complex in late May.

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