A nightclub in Regina's Warehouse District, The Drink, seen in this summer image by Streetview, was fined for overcrowding. ((Google))

The operators of The Drink, a nightclub in Regina's Warehouse District, have been fined $2,800 for overcrowding, the fire department reported Thursday.

"This was a first offence for the corporation which owns this business," Angela Prawzick, the department's public education officer, noted in a media release.

According to Prawzick, inspectors went to the club on Aug. 24, 2009 and counted up all the people inside, including patrons and staff.

She said inspectors made note of people inside the club and on the establishment's deck. The two spaces have different limits for the number of people allowed.

For the inside area, Prawzick said inspectors counted 589 people, when it was rated for a maximum of 516.  For the outside area, there were 95 people, for a space that was limited to 46.

Prawzick said inspectors make allowances for the movement of people between spaces and account for people in washrooms.

"We remind the owners of all entertainment establishments that overcrowding is a serious offence which could lead to a tragedy in the event of a fire or other emergency," Prawzick said.

CBC News called The Drink but no one could be reached for comment.