Fire at Delta Manor Education Centre damages gymnasium

Salvage teams are working to get the gymnasium ready for a church service on Sunday morning.

Delta Fire said crews had challenges accessing the room where the fire was contained

Fire crews had challenges locating the source of the fire, which was contained to a storage room in the gymnasium. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A fire at a school in Delta has damaged part of a gymnasium.

Delta Fire Battalion Chief Neil Shuster said crews were first alerted to the fire after the fire alarms went off before 4 a.m. Saturday.

"The church is actually used in the gymnasium area here, so [there's] water damage right now and minor fire damage to the one room and the exterior wall," said Shuster.

Fire crews had to enter a small storage area in the back of the gymnasium to get to the fire. Shuster said they put it out quickly after that.

Delta Fire Battalion Chief Neil Shuster says a quick attack prevented the fire from spreading further into the roof. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

He said the gym is often used by community groups and hosts a church service on the weekends.

"We've got a crew in there doing salvage and overhaul," said Shuster. "Hopefully we can have it ready for Sunday."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.