The Lions Club in Inuvik, N.W.T., burned to the ground early Monday morning.
The fire was reported at the volunteer organization at about 2 a.m. Monday. There is almost nothing left now.
The RCMP say they consider the fire to be suspicious. The territory’s fire marshal is expected to visit the site Monday.
Chris Garven is a long-time volunteer with the club, which works with the blind and does other charity work in the community.
"Historic photos, pennants, plaques — it's all gone. It's really a devastating loss not only for the Lions Club but also, I think, for the town as well, because I think the Lions Club has been a big part of Inuvik history," said Garven.
The building itself had been in Inuvik since the late 1960s.
Tonight, the club was scheduled to host a barbeque for the Aboriginal Pipeline Group. That has now been moved to the town’s greenhouse.