New Brunswick

Electrical fire hits Fredericton's Centennial Building

An electrical fire started in one of the elevators at the Centennial Building in Fredericton early on Wednesday morning.

Fire puts 1 elevator out of service, 3 other elevators are working in downtown government building

An electrical fire started in one of the elevators at the Centennial Building in Fredericton early on Wednesday morning.

Platoon Captain Steve Fraser said the Fredericton Fire Department was alerted to the problem at about 12:30 a.m.

Fraser said crews traced the problem to what the fire department called the "penthouse" area.

He said an elevator motor had overheated and caused a minor electrical fire.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and cooled the motor down.

Fraser said the commissionaire was the only person in the building at the time of the fire.

He could not say when the elevator was last inspected.

Elevator technicians were called in and there are three other elevators in service inside the Centennial Building.

The Centennial Building was built in 1967, however, only two floors at the top of the building remain occupied by civil servants.

Other government workers have moved across King Street to Chancery Place or other buildings in the city.

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