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Grassy Narrows arena destroyed in fire

Friday May 2, 2014
Photo by Alan Hale, Kenora Daily Miner and News

The arena in Grassy Narrows First Nation burnt down in the early hours of April 27.

“It’s a big setback for the community,” said Grassy Narrows Councillor Randy Fobister.
Treaty-three Police Service (T3PS) were dispatched to a report of a fire in the area of the arena. The Grassy Narrows Fire Team, First Responders, and T3PS responded to the call and found the arena engulfed in flames.

“The fire might have started from the south end of the arena. It went pretty quick, it was a wood structure,” said Fobister.

Fobister said they do not know who may have started the fire, and that they are awaiting to sit down to discuss the incident with T3PS and with the Ontario Fire Marshall.
Fobister said nobody was hurt in the fire.

“I am very glad nobody was hurt, but at the same time it is a big setback for the community,” said Fobister.

He explained the community used the arena a lot for hockey, and also during the summer for different events.

Fobister said the arena is insured, and the community is waiting to find out if and when they can rebuild. He said the community is already coming together to clean up the burned down arena.

“I am glad to hear from the community members when they’re talking about that,” Fobister said. “We will work together to get the new arena.”

T3PS issued a media release and stated that they do not have a suspect in custody at this time. At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown and is still under investigation.

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