Alberta landmark destroyed by fire

By Canadian Press
March 20, 2019 - 8:21am

WETASKIWIN, Alta. - A central Alberta landmark that dates back more than a century has been destroyed by fire.

Emergency officials say the Rose Country Inn in Wetaskiwin, about 70 kilometres south of Edmonton, caught fire shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Despite help from two neighbouring fire departments, the building was engulfed in flame by 8 a.m. and partially collapsed about half an hour later.

No one was injured.

CTV News says it was told three people who lived in the hotel were able to get out when they smelled smoke and called 911.

Alex Plant, Wetaskiwin's deputy fire chief, says the structure contained lots of old, dry, thick timber that could smoulder for a long time.

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