New Brunswick

Moncton SportsDome temporarily closed after fire

A fire broke out at the Moncton SportsDome on Saturday evening, forcing the facility to close for at least the rest of the weekend.

Fire contained to office complex in front of dome, but activities postponed

The SportsDome complex in Moncton caught fire on Saturday evening. (Catherine Allard/Radio-Canada)

A fire broke out at the Moncton SportsDome on Saturday evening, forcing the facility to close for at least the rest of the weekend.

The large air-supported structure's website said the office complex in front of the dome "experienced a fire which causes some electrical damage" to the office building.

"As a result, all activities for Sunday, Dec. 4, will be cancelled and rescheduled at another time." 

'A lot of black smoke'

Radio-Canada's Catherine Allard reported that firefighters were called in at about 7:30 p.m.

"When we arrived there was a lot of black smoke," Moncton Fire Department platoon chief Paul Bruens said. 

Twenty two firefighters responded, including platoon chief Paul Bruens. (Catherine Allard/Radio-Canada)

The firefighters entered the building and contained the fire in the office area, he said. The sports facility itself was not directly affected. No one was injured.

Fire knocked down in 2 hours

The fire was under control by 9:30 p.m. The cause was still unknown as of Saturday night. 

Twenty two firefighters responded to the blaze, as well as teams from NB Power.

According to the fire chief, the fire only touches the part of the sports dome that houses the administrative offices.

25 employees

Dana Barron, a director at the dome, said she was in shock, and noted that there is a daycare there during the week. 

"At least there was no one in the building," she said. 

At least 25 people work at SportsDome, which is on Russ Howard Drive. The complex includes sports facilities for playing soccer, football and golf. The venue is also used for gatherings and community events.

With files from Radio-Canada's Catherine Allard

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