Historic Regina ag building destroyed in fire

Visitors to the Western Canada Farm Progress Show starting Wednesday in Regina “will not notice any disruption” to the event as crews demolish a historic facility destroyed by fire at the site.

Evraz Place, formerly known as Regina Exhibition Park, said Monday that crews were continuing their cleanup work after the Grain Show Building burned early Sunday morning.

The building “is now fenced off as Regina City Police complete their investigation into the cause,” Evraz Place said in a release Monday.

“With the building slated for demolition as part of our redevelopment plans, we knew the end was coming but it’s certainly a sad final chapter to what, in its day, was a remarkable facility,” park CEO Mark Allan said in the release.

Equipment has been brought in to assist the Regina Fire Department in some of the initial cleanup, aimed mostly at snuffing out pockets of smoking embers, Evraz Place reported.

A complete site cleanup is expected begin immediately after the Farm Progress Show ends and is expected to be wrapped up within one to two weeks. All entrances to the Farm Progress Show site will be open as planned on Wednesday, Evraz Place said.

The Grain Show Building was built at the park to host the World Grain Exhibition and Conference in 1933. It later served for years as the home of the city’s Caledonian Curling Club, the home ice for curlers including the Sandra Schmirler rink.

More recently, according to news reports, the building has been used for equipment storage by Canadian Western Agribition, the other major annual ag event at Evraz Place.

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