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‘It’s a very sad day’: Regina Elks building burns down, police suspect arson

The Regina Fire Department respond to a fire that gutted the building used by the Regina Elks. President of the Regina Elks, Eugene Wilson, looks at the building as firefighters tackle the blaze. Justin Bukoski / Global News

UPDATE: The Regina Police Service says it is working with the Regina Fire Department and believe the fire that wiped out the Regina Elks building on May 3 was a result of arson. Officers have yet to identify a suspect and are asking anyone with information to contact police.

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We do believe the fire is the result of arson, but we have not identified a suspect yet.  Looking for any information the public may offer.

An early morning fire has gutted the building used by the Regina Elks.

According to the Regina Fire Department, the blaze started Sunday with crews arriving on scene at around 5 a.m. to the 4000-block of First Avenue North.

“It’s a very sad day for the Regina Elks,” said the organization on Facebook.

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President of Elks Regina, Eugene Wilson said the building was everything to the non-profit organization which raises money to help kids with medical bills.

“It was the heart of our organization here in Regina,” Wilson said, adding the building was used to host fundraisers.

“Without this building, it’s pretty detrimental to us.”

Regina firefighters battle a blaze at the Regina Elk’s club on Sunday.
The Elks Building on the 4000 block of First Avenue burned down on Sunday. Justin Bukoski / Global News
The Elks sign still stands as firefighters tackle the building fire on Sunday. Justin Bukoski / Global News

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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While Wilson is focused on cleaning up the rubble, he’s hopeful the Elks can rebuild.

“Well come through and we’ll be back. We will find a way to survive and persevere.”

Wilson said other chapters across Canada have already reached out offering help.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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