There is a big loader behind the building in Merritt that burned on July 30th, it is set to demolish the remains of the building, it has been there for nearly 3 days and is waiting on something. The front of the building has big xs on the windows and a sign saying Asbestos removal is going on.

There is no traffic control about the building.

Asbestos (pronounced /æsˈbɛstəs/ or /æzˈbɛstəs/) is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals[1] which all have in common their eponymous asbestiform habit: long (roughly 1:20 aspect ratio), thin fibrous crystals.

Asbestos mining began more than 4,000 years ago, but did not start large-scale until the end of the 19th century when manufacturers and builders used asbestos because of its desirable physical properties:[1] sound absorption, average tensile strength, its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, and affordability. It was used in such applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibers are often mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats.

The prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis).[2][3] The trade and use of asbestos have been restricted or banned in many jurisdictions.
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The building was owned by an Oliver Kelly, Oliver was a real-estate sales person with Decade Real Estate, before it became Royal Lepage here. It was once an antique store as well as a pool hall and other things.
Today in History: September 12th 1959

The first showing the first scheduled color program, the TV series Bonanza.