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Vanier Sugar Shack heavily damaged by fire

An early morning fire caused the roof of a popular sugar shack in the heart of Vanier to partially collapse Thursday.

Roof of rare urban sugar shack partially collapsed in early morning blaze

Firefighters try to douse flames on the roof of a popular sugar shack behind the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre on Pères-Blancs Avenue early Thursday morning. (Submitted by Ottawa Fire Services)

An early morning fire caused the roof of a popular sugar shack in the heart of Vanier to partially collapse Thursday.

Ottawa Fire Services received a call at 5:53 a.m. about smoke and flames visible in the forest behind the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre on Pères-Blancs Avenue.

Firefighters said flames were shooting from the sugar shack's roof, part of which had collapsed by the time crews arrived.

An investigator will head to the scene Thursday to determine the cause of the fire. (Christian Milette/Radio-Canada )

Rare urban sugar shack

Fearing the structure was too unstable to enter, firefighters fought the flames from outside. Investigators will try to determine the cause of the fire today.

The structure sits within a maple grove, or sugar bush, in the heart of Vanier, and is described on Vanier Museopark's website as "one of the few active urban sugar shacks."

The roof of the structure was heavily damaged in Thursday morning's fire. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

Volunteers harvest sap from the trees surrounding the building and transform it into maple syrup.

The general director of the Vanier Museopark said in an interview Thursday morning the community museum intends to rebuild the popular attraction. 

"I'm shocked. I'm really just shocked that it is gone. But at the same time, I say the soul of the shack is still there," Jean Malavoy said.

"The volunteers are still there, the energy of the people to rebuild is there."

Vanier sugar shack damaged in early morning fire

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The roof of Vanier Museopark’s Sugar Shack partially collapsed after sustaining damage in a fire that began early Thursday morning. 0:41

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