On Sunday, September 11, 2016 at approximated 5:30 p.m. a fire broke out on the roof at Dorothy Lynas Elementary School. District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and North Vancouver City Fire Department responded immediately and within an hour the fire was extinguished. Damage to the school was moderate and, luckily, no classrooms were affected. The reason for the fire is undetermined at this point.
The areas of the school that sustained damage were part of the roof, which has fire and water damage, and the gymnasium, which has water damage from putting out the fire on the roof. Otherwise, there is no damage and fire services has determined that the building is safe for students and staff. As a result, the school is able to remain open and classes can operate as per usual. Repairs will now begin and the gymnasium will be closed for the foreseeable future. Staff, students and parents/guardians will be provided additional information when it is available regarding timing of the repairs to the gymnasium.
I want to extend a huge thank you to District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, North Vancouver City Fire Department (who acted as back-up) and RCMP, as well as to all of the firefighters who were on scene. A heartfelt thank you also goes out to our local community, who alerted the fire department of the fire. I am certain that all of the Dorothy Lynas staff, students and families are incredibly grateful and happy that our school has been saved.
Mrs. Arlie Thompson
Dorothy Lynas Elementary School