Cause of Brightwater fire still unclear
Brightwater care home lost over 30 units to a fire on Saturday. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Published Friday, December 28, 2012 9:15AM CST
Last Updated Friday, December 28, 2012 10:02AM CST
The Brightwater Care Home in Regina wasn’t fully complete when it went up in flames on Saturday.
Investigators are still unsure what caused the blaze that destroyed seven units.
“It was a shock to observe what happened and personally disappointed, not for myself, but for the families and residents who would have been moving in March,” said Bill Horbach, executive director of Brightwater Senior Living of Riverbend.
Sixty-eight people had been planning to move into the building.
While 33 units burned down, Horbach said the majority of the structure was saved by the building’s fire wall.
Once open, the care home will be the first of its kind in Regina. “We have facilities in Regina that have certain designated areas but this is a building that focused on memory care, Alzheimer’s dementia of all types. Our programming was created for those individual people,” said Horbach.
It is unclear when the care home will be ready for residents.
Fire officials are still determining the cause of the fire and will continue their investigation throughout the week.