City Centre Mall partially reopens after electrical fire

Dozens of offices and retail spaces had to be evacuated Thursday night after an electrical fire broke out in the basement of a downtown shopping centre.

The CBC newsroom back in action

The City Centre Mall was evacuated Thursday after an electrical fire broke out in the loading dock. (CBC)

Most stores and office spaces in Edmonton City Centre Mall re-opened by Friday afternoon following an electrical fire.

Dozens of offices and stores in the downtown shopping centre had to be evacuated Thursday evening after an electrical fire broke out in the basement.

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said the fire broke out around 7 p.m. near the loading dock.
Senior producer Ashley Geddes, one of the first CBC employees allowed back in the building, took a selfie with his protective mask. (CBC)

The basement filled with heavy smoke and Epcor had to shut down power. The fire burned for more than two hours before it was declared under control.

The mall, TD Tower and Oxford Tower — including the CBC Edmonton newsroom — had to be evacuated. 

Sutton Place Hotel also lost power but continued to operate using its own generator. 

No one was injured in the fire.

Some areas of the mall remain without power.

CBC staff slowly started returning to the newsroom on Friday, after air quality testing in their office space was completed.

"We're putting the band back together," wrote CBC Edmonton's managing editor Gary Cunliffe. "We have clear air quality, limited power and eager journos. Hit it!"