destroys Alberta hotel
Published: Tuesday, January 01, 2008
EDMONTON -- Redwater, Alta. lost one of its landmarks
Sunday night when the Redwater Hotel was destroyed in
The blaze was reported around 7:30 p.m. local time
when a passerby noticed smoke coming from the two-storey
structure in Redwater, 68 kilometres northeast of
Local firefighters arrived a short time later to
find the hotel bar on the first floor engulfed in
flames, which then quickly consumed the rest of the
It was tough fighting it because the building was
constructed in 1950," said fire chief Andy Makowsky.
"It was all wood, and due to the vintage of it,
there were different fire codes back then."
Makowsky said the Redwater Hotel was the biggest
building of its era in town. Besides the bar, the
ground floor also housed a popular restaurant, while
the hotel's suites were on the second floor.
There were no injuries in the blaze, which is now
under investigation. The bar was closed at the time.
Redwater town manager Ray Reid said the hotel's destruction
shocked and saddened the town of 2,200 residents.
"Lots of people have fond memories of the hotel,"
he said. "People are talking about it today,
recalling events in the past that took place there.
I talked to one woman whose father had helped build
An estimate on the cost of damages has not been released.