Residents of the village of Shell Lake, Saskatchewan, say they are devastated after their curling rink burned down this weekend.
A witness said the fire started late Saturday afternoon and that night it was completely burnt down. In a text to Global News, Fire Chief Greg Ardagh said the blaze was brought under control around 10:30 p.m. with the help of three farmers.
“There are no fire hydrants in town,” Ardagh said, adding that farmers had helped provide water to put out the blaze.
“The interior was engulfed in fire due to the metal on the outside of the buildings.”
RCMP said the fire was considered suspicious.
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Karen Burback’s trailer is nearby. She said the loss hits the community hard.
“They are devastated. Otherwise they have nothing to do in the winter, and it’s a community with a lot of older people,” she said.
“I think it meant everything to the community and the loss of something like this is great.”
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The rink was built around 1975, according to firefighters.
Mayor Anita Weiers said the curling rink is popular with everyone, especially older residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the winter when they go curling and then grab a coffee.
“You can’t walk down the street without people telling you how upsetting it is,” she said.
Shellbrook RCMP and the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency assist a fire investigator as the investigation into the cause of the fire continues.
The damage estimate is not known.
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