Shoppers Drugmart staff stand outside the store following an evacuation on Thursday, November 29. (Photo Gerry Leibel)

Pressure variation causes downtown evacuations

Hydrant winterization in the Kildala area likely cause

Two downtown buildings were evacuated last Thursday when what is thought to be a drop in water pressure activated fire protection systems.

District of Kitimat spokesperson Mike Dewar said emergency response crews were alerted to a commercial fire alarm activation at the Kitimat library.

While responding to that activation, a second alert was received for Shoppers Drug Mart,” said Dewar. “Both buildings are equipped with fire protection sprinklers and it was determined that a water bump had activated both system’s flow switch indicators.”

He said both alarm systems were reset and the alarms silenced.

“The cause of the water bump within the municipal water system may have been a result of hydrant winterization in the Kildala neighbourhood.”

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