Update Aug. 12 9:00 a.m:
Susan Hicks, the owner of the Shuswap Laundromat, said the cause of the fire in the dryer remains unclear but the business is back up and running. She praised the work of everyone involved with helping the laundromat recover from the fire damage and reopening for business.
“Firefighters, police, insurance adjuster and the restoration people all of them were awesome,” Hicks said.
Hicks added they will be down a few dryers until repairs can be completed.
Photos posted to the Laundromat’s Faceook page show first the charred outside of of the damaged machine with water pooled on the floor beneath it and then another image with the charred outside of the machine cleaned and damaged drywall replaced.
After a passerby noticed smoke coming from the Shuswap Laundromat on Ross Street, Salmon Arm firefighters rushed to the scene and quickly extinguished the small fire before it could seriously damage the building.
The call went out to the fire department at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. Firefighters arrived to find a small fire confined to a single dryer. Fire Chief Brad Shirley told the Observer the fire was knocked down quickly, within five minutes of the firefighters’ arrival.
The occupants of the residential units above the laundromat were evacuated. The fire did not spread upstairs but Shirley said some smoke made its way up.
The cause of the fire was not immediately clear. Shirley said it might have been burning behind the dryer.