A fire at the hockey rink in Lemberg, Sask., northeast of Regina, has ruined the building, officials say.

The fire broke out Saturday around 5:30 a.m., and even though the blaze was put out, the building cannot be saved.

"It's done," Lemberg's mayor, John Kittler, told CBC News Saturday. "It will have to come down because it won't be safe no more."

Kittler said the structural damage was beyond repair, noting the back portion of the building was clearly compromised.

Kittler said the community recently celebrated the centennial anniversary of the curling rink, which is attached to the building that housed the hockey rink.


Firefighters had to punch holes in the building to get at the blaze. (LembergSask/photobucket.com)

While the curling rink was not affected by the flames, it did suffer smoke damage.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.

Kittler said the community will have to see what the insurance coverage provides, before they decide if they will rebuild.

Firefighters punched two large holes in the building in order to subdue the blaze.

Lemberg is about 104 kilometres northeast of Regina.

With files from CBC's Jordan Jackle