A piece of Daysland’s history has gone up in flames after the Daysland Hotel and Liquor Store burned down last night, Mon. Jan. 7.
Nobody was hurt as a result of the fire but a cause for it has yet to be determined.
At approximately 9:10 p.m. the lone person occupying the hotel smelled smoke, exiting the building and calling 911 to alert the authorities.
Regional Fire Chief Kim Cannady was at the scene and reported the fire departments received the call at approximately 9:10 p.m. for smoke in the hotel.
The firemen went in, attempted to contain and put out the fire, however it got away on them and so they were forced to pull out of the building and concentrate on saving the adjacent buildings.
Approximately 18 firefighters from both Daysland and Killam worked extremely hard to contain the situation. They left the scene at approximately 4:00 a.m.
As of noon on Tues. Jan. 8, the fire is still smouldering and the investigation will commence tomorrow, January 9, 2019.
The 124-year-old building was owned and operated by Rob and Jennifer Carter for the past 5 ½ years.
The owner described the loss as “total.”
“My wife and I were there every day you know. We lived there more than we did at home. Almost everything that we had was in it,” said Carter.
The owner’s insurance company has been contacted on the matter.