Saskatchewan

Arson suspected in Melville hotel fire

A fire that destroyed the King George Hotel in Melville, Sask., early Monday morning may be an act of arson, according to RCMP.

Blaze destroys King George Hotel's temporary location

The temporary location of the King George Hotel in Melville, Sask., was destroyed in Monday morning's fire. (RCMP)

A fire that destroyed the King George Hotel in Melville, Sask., early Monday morning may be an act of arson, according to RCMP.

Firefighters were called to the hotel on Main Street at about 12:40 a.m. CST and battled the blaze for several hours.

Investigators have determined that the fire was deliberately set, RCMP said in a release late Monday.

Police say they continue to investigate Monday's blaze, which is the second time the King George Hotel was destroyed by fire.

The original hotel burned to the ground on Feb. 17, 2010. The latest blaze destroyed the hotel's temporary location, which was set up after the first fire, according to police.

Ronald St. Amand was charged with arson in connection with the 2010 fire, and police say he remains in custody.

Anyone with information about the hotel fire is being asked to contact the RCMP in Melville or Ituna, or Crime Stoppers.

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