Mid­land Hall dam­aged by fire

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The Drumheller and Mun­son Fire De­part­ments re­sponded to a struc­ture fire at the Mid­land Hall, Tues­day af­ter­noon.

When they ar­rived on scene shortly af­ter 2 p.m., the front en­try­way to the com­mu­nity hall was en­gulfed. Fire­fight­ers re­sponded and us­ing their Si­mon Snorkel truck and other ap­pa­ra­tus, bat­tled the blaze. They were able to con­tain the fire to the front en­try­way.

At this point, there is no es­ti­mate to the da­m­age, how­ever the build­ing is cur­rently un­us­able.

Garry Grieve, pres­i­dent of the Mid­land Hall Board told The Mail the build­ing was un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions at the time.

“This is un­be­liev­able,” said Grieve, ex­press­ing his dis­ap­point­ment.

A spokesper­son of SD Roof­ing said on so­cial me­dia, con­trac­tors were do­ing a torch job on the small flat area of the build­ing when a hid­den bird’s net in the rafters ig­nited. Crews did their best to con­tain the blaze with fire ex­tin­guish­ers un­til fire­fight­ers ar­rived on scene. AHS Am­bu­lance re­spond- ed, how­ever there were no in­juries.

Grieve said they are in the process of con­tact­ing their in­sur­ers to as­sess the da­m­age.

The build­ing has been used as a com­mu­nity hall for many years af­ter be­ing con­verted from the orig­i­nal Mid­land Cot­tage School. The walls of the hall are dec­o­rated with orig­i­nal art­work by Bonita Krueger, de­pict­ing notable Mid­land res­i­dents and coalmin­ers. There is no word on their con­di­tion.

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