The fires of debate rage on when it comes to the impending fate of the well used and worn Civic Auditorium. 

As reports and professional opinions, as well as the expressions of the public continue to pour in to the inboxes of City Council and staff, the date of decision fast approaches.

Among the knowledgable experts who examined the facility under the lens of their profession was the Chief of Estevans' Fire Department, Dale Feser.

"We went in and did our annual fire safety inspection, which is a typical thing that we do for all occupancies here within the city. It pays close attention to fire related safety issues, and addresses any building code or fire code violations that may need to be taken care of to ensure that the occupants are safe inside that structure."

While some of the information was out of the purvey of his job, he said that there weren't any glaring issues, from his standpoint, that caught his attention.

"I did have the opportunity to review the engineer's reports that had been supplied. I take that into consideration as to providing an emergent response to a building of this occupancy and size. There's always something that we have to think about when we do a hazard analysis during an emergency response."

In his report, he did highlight the condition of the roof structure, noting that a fire event could easily result in the collapse of the members with a resulting 'domino effect.'

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