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‘It’s a total loss’: Fire destroys hotel bar in southern Manitoba

WATCH: Aftermath of fire that ripped through a hotel bar in southern Manitoba Sunday evening.

A hotel bar in southern Manitoba is completely in ruins after a massive fire tore through it Sunday evening.

Around 8 p.m., fire officials were called to a blaze at Oscar’s Bar and hotel in Letellier, Man.

WATCH: Oscar’s Bar and hotel was destroyed during a massive blaze over the weekend. Global’s Sean Leslie reports. 

‘It’s a total loss’: Fire destroys hotel bar in southern Manitoba
‘It’s a total loss’: Fire destroys hotel bar in southern Manitoba

Brian Zolondek, a resident in Letellier, said he was watching the Academy Awards with his wife, when she saw the fire out their window.

“She got up to get a glass of water… and looked out the window and it was in flames and it progressed from there. It was a huge massive fire,” he said.

“The whole building is completely gone. It’s a total  loss,” he said.
Firefighters try and put out the massive blaze Sunday evening.
Firefighters try and put out the massive blaze Sunday evening. Letellier fire department
Smoke could be see billowing from the building as crews continued to battle the fire.
Smoke could be see billowing from the building as crews continued to battle the fire. Jocelyn Kehler
Crews worked well into the evening.
Crews worked well into the evening. Letellier fire department
Aftermath of fire.
Aftermath of fire. Global News
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When Zolondek went to bed around 11 p.m., he said the fire was still raging.

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Losing business is a big blow for the town, which also saw its grocery store close last year, he said.

A  Letellier resident owned the building for a couple of years, Zolondek said.

“He actually lived in the building I believe,” he said. “This was such a huge building too…hotel, bar and a restaurant.”

Zolondek said he believes there were no injuries.

Letellier is about 95 kilometres south of Winnipeg located in the Rural Municipality of Montcalm, Man.

With files from 680 CJOB