Turning Points Collaborative Society is currently assessing the damage at its Emergency Response Centre on 37th Street after a suspected electrical fire.

The small fire caused the evacuation of staff and clients shortly after 5 p.m., Sunday, October 18.

Thanks to the quick action of staff, the Emergency Response Centre was evacuated and all clients and staff were removed safely.

Everyone has been accounted for and there are no reports of injuries.

Turning Points Collaborative Society would like to highlight the incredible work done by our staff in preventing what could have been a potentially disastrous situation. By taking quick and decisive action tonight, not only were our clients safely removed from harm’s way, but also the damage to the ERC was kept to a minimum.

The Society would also like to extend its gratitude to Vernon Fire Rescue Services for its quick response. This is another example of the fine work they do to keep our community safe for everyone.

The exact cause of the fire is being investigated, but it appears to have originated in a restricted area of the ERC, away from clients quarters, near the administrative and staff offices.

Unfortunately, our ERC clients have now been displaced, however, we are actively working with BC Housing and Emergency Management BC to relocate guests into alternative accommodations.

At this time, there is no clear indication as to how long the ERC services will be suspended.

Our staff and community partners will be working around the clock to help our clients affected by this unfortunate and unforeseeable event.

The Society will provide updates as they become available.