Fire damages new Carcross garage

Last week, a fire ripped through the roof of Carcross/Tagish First Nation’s new garage. The shell was up, it was insulated and people and…

Last week, a fire ripped through the roof of Carcross/Tagish First Nation’s new garage.

The shell was up, it was insulated and people and equipment were going to be moving in right away, said Carcross/Tagish senior governance official Justin Ferbey on Friday.

The garage was built over the summer to house the community’s water and sewer truck.

There were three bays in the 914-square-metre building, said Ferbey.

One bay would house the truck; another would hold the community fire crew’s equipment.

The third contained an office and shower, so the sewage truck driver could clean up before heading home.

Keith Wolf Smarch was going to hold a Tlingit totem-carving class in there before Christmas, said Ferbey, who is now scrambling for a new location for the workshop.

The fire damaged 10 to 15 struts, he said.

“The main roof will have to be replaced.”

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