It took almost a year of wrangling with the insurance company, WorkSafe BC, and the City of Nanaimo to get to the point when we could start the process of tearing down the first structure that was destroyed by fire.
Could it have been saved? Yes, absolutely.
But, local bylaws required us to demolish the building if the loss of repair exceeded a threshold above the foundations, which it did.
Could we have removed all the contaminants while it was still standing? That indeed was the question of the day. Due to delays in processing the claim, it was eventually determined that much had happened over time and it could no longer be guaranteed that the floor would of held workers and machinery.
The cost for dumping both the building and contaminates, well over half a million dollars.
There is still more to do.