Parkcrest elementary in Kamloops is demolished

Fire destroyed the Brocklehurst school on Sept. 5. The cause remains under investigation

Work began on Friday, Sept. 27, on tearing down the charred remains of Parkcrest elementary.

The school at 2170 Parkcrest elementary in Brocklehurst was destroyed by fire on Sept. 5.

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There were no injuries in the blaze, which occurred after 5 p.m., after students had gone home for the day.

While cause of the fire remains under investigation, Kamloops Mounties ruled out arson during their probe.

Parkcrest’s 360 students missed six days of school before being relocated on Sept. 16 to the former George Hilliard elementary at 985 Holt St., 1.6 kilometres away, which was housing the Kamloops-Thompson school district’s Twin Rivers and Four Directions alternative education programs.

The arrival of Parkcrest students led Twin Rivers students and staff to be moved to NorKam senior secondary, at 730 12th St. in North Kamloops, and to space in the United Way’s new home in The Station on Tranquille, at 280 Tranquille North Kamloops, while the Four Directions program was relocated to the former Happyvale elementary at 655 Holt St.

Happyvale’s tenants, the Big Little Science Centre and a day care and pre-school, were then forced to find new homes. The Lil Scholars Preschool and Happy Honeybees Child Care are now in space at Kamloops Christian School, 750 Cottonwood Ave. in North Kamloops, while the science centre will re-open in the former Value Village building, downtown at Seymour Street and Fifth Avenue.

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