Fire at Ice Factor
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Due to a fire within Ice Factor on Wednesday afternoon (29th July), the facility is currently closed until at least Monday 3 August. Customers affected by this temporary closure are being offered rescheduled dates to visit.
Fire investigators are expected to visit Ice Factor today (Thursday) to determine the cause of the fire that was discovered within the sauna / steam room area in the rear of the building by a staff member at approx. 2:45pm.
It is the first fire at Ice Factor, the world’s largest indoor ice climbing facility since it opened in 2003.
Firefighters from the local Kinlochleven station were very quickly on the scene and were later supported by crews from Fort William and Oban.
Building evacuation procedures were followed and over 80 people were quickly accounted for and evacuated.
There is extensive damage to the sauna and steam room and smoke damage throughout the building.
Jamie Smith, owner of Ice Factor International, believes damage to the facility, one of Scotland’s leading adventure tourism attractions could run into tens of thousands of pounds. He commented:
“I would like to thank the staff and emergency services for their very quick response to this incident as soon as the fire alarm activated. The fire crews did an amazing job in very trying circumstances.
“While we await the outcome of the investigation into the cause of the fire, I wish to reassure our many loyal customers that we will work very hard to ensure Ice Factor, one of Scotland’s top adventure tourism attractions is open again for business as soon as possible.”
The facility has already enjoyed its best year since 2008 with over 162000 visitors.
Ice Factor Kinlochleven, the world’s largest indoor ice climbing facility and the National Ice Climbing Centre cost over £3.4 million to convert from a Victorian aluminium smelter.
The facility annually attracts over 150,000 visitors, including members of Scotland’s mountain rescue teams and Armed Forces who benefit from practicing on ice walls designed to replicate the winter ice conditions to be found on the likes of Ben Nevis. Ice Factor Kinlochleven consistently ranks as one of the world’s top climbing centres.