Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

December 07, 2007 19:43 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Fire at Bowden Institution Paint Shop

BOWDEN INSTITUTION, INNISFAIL, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2007) - A fire broke out in the paint shop of the CORCAN operation at Bowden Institution at about 1:45 p.m. local time. The fire was confined to a small area behind one of the paint booths in the industrial shop area. No injuries to staff or inmates resulted from the fire. Everyone is safe and accounted for.

The shop is located away from living units. No major disruption to the operations of the institution resulted from the fire. No medical issues were identified.

The fire was extinguished by crews from the Red Deer County Fire Department - specifically the Towns of Innisfail and Bowden. Firefighters arrived on the scene within 15 minutes. The fire was extinguished shortly afterward.

The cause of the fire and the damage to the building are currently being assessed. The fire will also be the focus of a review by the Correctional Service of Canada.

Bowden Institution is a federal penitentiary located 100 km north of Calgary, currently accommodating 600 medium security and 67 minimum security inmates.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Bowden Institution
    Rita Wehrle
    Assistant Warden
    (403) 227-7346