Strathcona County mayor Rod Frank was in the community centre when one of the explosions went off in the parkade.
Frank was on the third floor on Tuesday evening (Nov.9). At first, he just thought there was a mechanical problem in the building as the elevators weren't working properly.
"I thought 'I'm going to take the stairs'. I got down to the parking level and there was a fire. I thought 'oh gee, boiler.' For some reason, I just thought of the boiler. There was a staff member already making the 911 call, she was looked after, she took the stairs out. So I thought 'time to leave here'. I could already hear fire trucks coming and I kind of went on with the rest of my evening. When the stories started to develop, that's when it changed from just a fire incident to a police incident."
Police say their suspect, 21-year-old Kane Kosolowsky, died from a gunshot wound. In total, there were two explosions. No bystanders were injured.
Since the incident, Frank has been a relay of information between the police and public.
"We're fully resourced on this. The RCMP are doing a really good job with the investigation, things are going very well there."
Frank also commended the first responders to the fire, who were on scene quickly and were able to evacuate everyone before anyone was hurt. He noted that the situation could have had a far more tragic outcome, had the responders not acted efficiently and professionally.
"The community's really come together. It's upsetting for folks, but I had no doubts from the first moment that our fire services and RCMP would do a good job and they haven't let us down at all."
The community centre's parkade will remain secured by police with the timing of vehicle removal still unknown. People who have vehicles in the parkade are asked to leave their name and contact information with county staff at 780-417-7100.
Salisbury Composite High, St. Theresa Catholic School and the Central Learning Services Building resumed classes today. Festival Place also opened.
Residents are encouraged to attend Remembrance Day services at Millennium Place rather than the county hall cenotaph this year.
Police have yet to release a motive, target or details on the explosives used in the incident.