Fire prompts extra security at former Kenneth Gordon school

The former Kenneth Gordon School building in South Burnaby is under guard after a fire about a month ago.

"We had a fire at the facility a short while back and we have put some extra security on as a measure to prevent another fire being set," said Burnaby school district secretary-treasurer Greg Frank by email of the site on Meadow Avenue.

Previously known as Riverside elementary, the building was home to the independent Kenneth Gordon School for children with learning disabilities for more than 20 years. The school leased it from the school district but vacated the property and moved to North Vancouver in 2010 when the district determined it was no longer economically feasible to maintain it.

The plan was to demolish the building and return the land to its owner, Burnaby city hall, which plans to eventually turn it into parkland.

When that will happen is still up in the air.

"We are currently still using the facility for storage and training," said Frank. "At this point there is no time line to demolish the building and return it to the City."

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