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This article was published 13/1/2015 (2088 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A popular meeting place in Moosehorn burned to the ground overnight.
There is nothing left of the Moosehorn Motor Hotel after a fire ripped through the building as the town slept. The hotel, which houses a bar and restaurant on top of the handful of rooms available for rent, has been a part of the Interlake community for approximately 40 years, residents say.
"It’s a devastating loss," said Moosehorn Fire Chief Keegan Russell said Tuesday. "It was a popular place for everyone after baseball and the last couple years we would start our snowmobile derbies from there.
"People would go there after curling – you name it. Like any small town: the hotel is an important part of it."
Fire crews from Ashern and Gypsumville assisted the Moosehorn department.
Russell didn’t have a final determination on the cause, but at first glance he believes it was electrical, starting in a small storage room next to the lounge. The fire, which started at 1:15 a.m., had completely consumed the bar and restaurant when the fire trucks arrived and despite attempts to save the hotel part of the building, crews simply couldn’t contain the blaze.
"There were flames coming out of the roof and out of the windows when we arrived," Russell said. "Once it got into the attic and into the crawl space, we couldn’t get at it. It ended up burning from the bottom up, and then right to the ground.
"It’s hard to get a sense of where it started, because it is so burned out completely."
There were no injuries in the fire. The owner of the hotel could not be reached for comment.
Russell said the bar was closed at the time of the fire, as the cold and the fact it was a Monday made for a slow night. There was no one staying at the hotel at the time of the fire.
Moosehorn is roughly 200 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, up Highway 6 along the eastern side of Lake Manitoba in the R.M. of Grahamdale.
Updated on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 3:14 PM CST: Adds picture
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