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Fire at Concordia Lutheran Seminary

November 13, 2014 4 Comments

clsEDMONTON – On the evening of November 12, a fire broke out in the library basement of Concordia Lutheran Seminary.

President James Gimbel reports that there is “very little structural damage” resulting from the fire. However, he notes that “there is significant soot along with smoke damage throughout the library, the hallways and open areas up and down, and some in the classrooms. Faculty and staff offices seem to be fairly clean.”

President Gimbel further reports that the fire has been labeled suspicious and that it is being investigated. An insurance claim has already been opened, but it is expected it will take a few days to clean up the damage. The building will be closed throughout Thursday, November 13.

An update to this story was posted November 14: “Seminary fire not accidental, classes resume offsite.”



  • Canadian Lutheran Online » Blog Archive » Seminary fire not accidental, classes resume offsite said:

    […] has released a letter updating supporters on the fire that occurred in the library basement there the evening of November 12. “Sadly,” he explains, “it appears that the fire was neither accidental nor structural” in […]

  • Canadian Lutheran Online » Blog Archive » The Canadian Lutheran: Our Most Popular Articles in 2014 said:

    […] coverage of the fire at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton. The seminary suffered a fire on the evening of November 12. A few days later we learned, sadly, that the fire’s cause was not accidental. Despite the […]

  • robert clifford said:

    We have been told “the fire was neither accidental nor structural in origin.”
    Were there any ABC District CEF documents or records lost in the basement fire?

  • canluth (author) said:

    The fire affected only library holdings, and no administrative documents of any kind. What’s more, the seminary does not store records for the ABC District or its CEF.

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