Advertisement

Historic attraction in tiny N.L. tourist town gutted by fire

Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. Memorial University of Newfoundland has established its first academic unit in Labrador, a major step as the university develops a campus in the northern region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld.
Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. Memorial University of Newfoundland has established its first academic unit in Labrador, a major step as the university develops a campus in the northern region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

An historic house has burned to the ground in a town popular with tourists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Ashbourne House was a major tourist attraction in Twillingate, N.L., a scenic community along the province’s north coast known for icebergs.

The large wooden home once belonged to the area’s fishing merchant families.

Read more: Premier Andrew Furey to run in Oct. 6 byelection in bid for assembly seat

Twillingate’s fire chief Craig Clarke says he got the first call about the fire at 11 p.m. Thursday.

He says it took 19 volunteer firefighters about nine hours to put the fire out.

Clarke says the Ashbourne House was a tea room and a popular place for weddings before it was destroyed.

Story continues below advertisement
Click to play video '‘2020 has been tough on N.L.’: Premier Ball' ‘2020 has been tough on N.L.’: Premier Ball
‘2020 has been tough on N.L.’: Premier Ball

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 11, 2020.