Charges laid in historic grain elevator fire
Arson charges have been laid against two men in relation to a 2010 fire that destroyed an old grain elevator in Fleming, Sask.
The structure, known as the Lake of the Woods Milling Co. elevator, burned to the ground Feb. 9, 2010.
According to locals, it was built in 1895 and was the oldest grain elevator in Canada still on its original site.
RCMP on Friday said that two men, aged 20 and 22, both from small towns in Manitoba, were arrested and face charges of arson.
Fleming is about 240 kilometres east of Regina, not far from the Manitoba border.
RCMP said at the outset that the fire was suspicious. The two accused were both in custody and are scheduled to appear before a judge on Monday.
Police added their investigation was not over and that more arrests may be coming.
The loss of the elevator was a blow to the community which was preparing to open the structure as a tourist attraction.
"The project which we had been working on so hard and so long and this important piece of history for the province and Canada is no more," Philip Hamm, the mayor of Fleming, said at the time of the fire.
Police said they believed the fire broke out around 3 a.m. CST.