West Hawk Inn ruins: community mourns loss of hotel after blaze
Eastern Manitoba restaurant and bar burns to ground after fire rages on through Friday
The community of West Hawk Lake is mourning the loss of its beloved West Hawk Inn, which went up in flames Friday and has been reduced to ash and rubble.
Falcon Beach RCMP said the fire started around 8:30 a.m. Friday and burned throughout the day.
"It started coming out of the vents and everything, and then we could start to see the flames coming up, and then a couple windows blew out."
Police said there was no one inside the hotel at the time, but the nearby West Hawk Campground had to be evacuated as a result of smoke.
Ollie Bernhardt saw the fire and checked out the rubble on Saturday.
"It was a place for everybody to go and have a good time.”
The inn had been in the community since the 1920s. It was one of the busiest establishments of its kind in the middle of the small cabin country, and people were stopping by all day Saturday to take in the damage and share memories.
Fire officials don’t yet know what caused Friday's blaze, but a witness at the scene told CBC News it was burning so hot the metal roof actually caught fire.
While the dust has barely settled, people in the area are already talking about rebuilding.