Downtown drop-in centre burns for the 2nd time

For the second time in two weeks a drop-in centre is the scene of a fire Friday morning.

Suspicious fire at House of Refuge Mission two weeks after fire closed centre

The Refuge of Hope Mission, a downtown Edmonton drop-in centre, burned for the second time in two weeks Friday morning. (Tim Adams/CBC News)

For the second time in two weeks a drop-in centre is the scene of a fire in downtown Edmonton Friday morning.

The House of Refuge Mission at 103rd Avenue and 95th Street began burning again around 5 a.m. this morning.

Little remained of the House of Refuge Mission, once easily-recognizable by its huge colourful mural, after a fire tore through the building Oct. 19. (Doug Steele/CBC News)

Firefighters now have the flames under control.

The fire, which started in the debris, is being treated as suspicious as the likelihood of the initial fire rekindling is too remote, said district chief John Bower.

He also pointed to a second fire burning a few blocks away at the same time Friday morning that is also considered suspicious.

The mission had been a drop-in centre that served up to 200 meals every evening to Edmontonians in need prior to the fires.

The cause of the initial fire on Oct. 19 has never been determined though it was initially thought to have been triggered by an electrical issue.

The House of Refuge re-opened on the parking lot of Edmonton Cash Register, kitty corner to the gutted building, six days later.

However the mission is looking for a more permanent home in the Boyle Street area.

No word yet on the cause of Friday's fire.


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