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Lemberg, Sask. hotel goes up in flames, destroys entire building

WATCH: Residents in Lemberg are surveying the damage after fire tore through its only hotel Monday Night, after standing for more than half a century. As Katelyn Wilson tells us, for many the loss is hard to measure.

The Lemberg Hotel and Café in Lemberg, Sask., just northeast of Regina, went up in flames Monday evening, completely destroying the building.

Owners Derek and Rona Yasinski, whose house is attached to the building, were home at the time and managed to escape safely, along with their cat.

“The phone rang and it was the alarm company and they said there’s a sensor going off,” Derek said. “Then I saw smoke coming into my residence and it was just fast. My wife ran and got her purse and a couple of things quick.”

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As their business of eight years went up in flames, their fellow residents stood by watching as the heart of the community burnt to the ground.

“It was hot, intense and very scary,” resident Christina Chick said. “There’s no other place to be social aside from the community hall and that’s only when there’s events. So this is a big loss.”

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The establishment was a major landmark and local gathering spot. It was home to the town’s only hotel and bar and one of the only cafes.

“I’ve shed a couple tears the last six hours thinking about it,” Mayor Murray Clarke said. “I don’t think anybody’s come to grips with it yet. I think we’re all struggling to understand the significance of the loss.”

The Lemberg Hotel and Café was a popular gathering place for locals.
The Lemberg Hotel and Café was a popular gathering place for locals. Photos courtesy of Christina Chick.
Fire crews battled the blaze well into Monday night.
Fire crews battled the blaze well into Monday night.
EMS attended the fire, but there were no reports of injury.
EMS attended the fire, but there were no reports of injury.

Firefighters arrived on scene around 6:45 p.m., fighting the fire alongside crews from Neudorf.

Working through the evening, crews were still on scene in the morning putting out hotspots.

Because the building was more than 50 years old, officials said flammable material caused the fire to spread quickly.

The community is now rallying together to help the Yasinski’s pick up the pieces.

“These are our friends and our neighbours that are out here working hard,” Derek said. “The people have been very good to us.”

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While the cause of the fire is under investigation, officials believe it started in the bar.

Even though the future of the establishment is uncertain, many hope the beloved establishment is brought back to life.

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“I hope to see it rebuilt,” Chick said. “It was a great business and a fun place to be.”