Owners of Steinbach Dental Clinic work to help patients after fire

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Owners of Steinbach Dental Clinic say they are working hard to ensure their patients get the help they need after Sunday’s fire.

The Steinbach Fire Department was called to the Steinbach Dental Clinic shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived, Chief Kel Toews says there was smoke coming out of the building and flames at the back door.

Dr. Kevin Friesen owns the clinic along with Dr. Bruce Cypurda. Dr. Friesen says they are still processing this shocking situation.

“I am devastated, our staff are devastated and at this time our priority, we are thinking of patients, especially those in active treatment, and trying to make arrangements for them. There are a lot of things that have happened and a lot of things that we will have to do before we can get back to normal. »

Dr. Friesen says that, unfortunately, he was out of town when he heard the news.

“I was waking up, getting out of bed and reading my texts on my phone and I just stopped for a long time and then I said to my wife ‘yeah, we have a big problem’ and then we were trying to have a grip on ‘what do we do?’ It was not something we had expected to happen.

Steinbach firefighters monitor the Steinbach dental clinic for hot spots after extinguishing the flames…

According to the Office of the Fire Marshal, the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are still under investigation, but Dr Friesen says what is known is that there is had significant damage to the back of the building and to the ceiling.

“Our server appears to have been destroyed so it will take time to rebuild it and it will be some time before we can see patients back in the building. Right now we are trying to figure out what we are doing in the meantime, how many it’s going to take time and these are answers that we just don’t have right now.

Dr Friesen says Dr Cypurda has worked with clinic authorities, is going home as soon as he can to help, and that their office manager, Nicole, has done her best to coordinate patients who called.

“For anyone who is wondering about their date and not sure how to contact us, we will resolve this issue and try to contact everyone as soon as possible.”

In the meantime, Dr Friesen says they have already received many messages of support.

“My phone is constantly ringing or buzzing and many people are asking me for help. There’s a lot of sadness and a lot of empathy and we really appreciate that. We really love our community, we love the area, we love our patients that we serve and we really want to get back to normal as soon as possible.”

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