Historic building damaged by fire

A small fire at the Elko train station in Cranbrook resulted in only minimal damage, city says

Fire department officials inspect the damage from a fire at the historic Elko train station on Wednesday

Fire department officials inspect the damage from a fire at the historic Elko train station on Wednesday

A fire has damaged the historic Elko train station in Cranbrook.

The fire was started on the porch area of the building and spread to the attic and rear of the building before it could be extinguished.

“Damage to the Elko station is considered minimal with some fire and smoke damage,” said Chris Zettel, City of Cranbrook corporate communications officer.

The fire broke out at about 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services rushed to the scene with two engines and four firefighters, quickly followed by another 12 responders.

Crews managed to extinguish the fire quickly.

The city was unable to provide a damage estimate on Wednesday morning.

“Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services will be investigating the cause of the fire (Wednesday), in partnership with the CPR police and the RCMP,” said Zettel.

The Elko station is owned by the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel and is located at the former site of the museum, opposite the top of Baker Street.

Built in 1901, the historic station was located at Elko, but the museum and Cranbrook Archives bought the building in 1987 and restored it.