What you need to know about Kittery Trading Post and other trading posts in British Columbia
B.C.’s largest trading post is in jeopardy after a major fire that destroyed part of its structure.
The Kitterys trading post in Surrey, B.K., has been closed since Friday afternoon, as firefighters and fire investigators investigated the cause of the fire.
The B.F. Fire Service says the fire broke out about 1:30 p.m.
Friday near the front door of the building, which is home to about 5,000 people.
“The structure that we have, the building that we had, we have a lot of people here, and so it’s a very busy place,” said Kitteries fire prevention officer Mike MacLean.
The fire caused about $300,000 in damage, but firefighters were able to put the blaze out before it could spread.
MacLean said investigators believe the fire started in a back room.
Firefighters were able see a large fire burning in the back room, and were able quickly to extinguish it.
Fire investigators say the cause is still under investigation.
The building is closed to the public.
There is no word on the cause.
Fire Chief John Reichert said it’s unclear how long the fire will be out.
The site’s history dates back to the 1970s, when the Kitterymans opened it up to business.
The B.P.O. says it’s the oldest trading post on the mainland.
The BCTF is asking anyone with information to contact investigators at 1-800-931-3762.