Friday, January 8, 2010
By Kevin Mitchell, Sports Editor, The StarPhoenix
KINDERSLEY — A fire Friday morning has destroyed the old section of the West Central Events Centre in Kindersley and also caused major damage to the new addition, which includes the curling rink at which this week's SaskPower Scotties provincial women's championship is being played and the hockey rink the junior Kindersley Klippers call home.
The part of the arena that has been completely burned down featured a rink, the Klippers' training area and coaches office, plus the offices of the town's minor sports association.
Smoke from the blaze could be seen on the other side of the town, which is located approximately 200 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon.
Firefighters were working feverishly to save the new addition to the facility, which opened in 1956. Of the parts of the building still standing, much of the exterior was charred black. Fire crews were dousing the new addition with water, trying to keep the flames away. Hundreds of people were evacuated from the facility.
At this point, it is highly unlikely the provincial curling will championship will continue in Kindersley this week. Saskatchewan Curling Officials were meeting Friday to weigh all options.
The Klippers home game on Saturday is being rescheduled, and the team is looking at alternatives for the rest of the season, including playing in a nearby community.
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