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Gull Lake among many Sask. towns hit by hotel fires

It's been happening with depressing regularity over the years — another century-old small town hotel has been hit by fire.

Elfros, Young, Lafleche also hit by fires in recent years

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      It's been happening with depressing regularity over the years — another century-old small town hotel has been hit by fire.

      This time, it's the Clarendon Hotel in Gull Lake, which burned to the ground on Sunday. 

      It's a tragedy, considering how important it is to Gull Lake, says Mayor Blake Campbell.

      "It was the oldest building in our community, certainly a landmark and something our community held very dearly," Campbell said.

      Unfortunately, it's only the latest in a long series of hotel fires in rural Saskatchewan.

      Elfros, Young, Lafleche, Stenen, Leask and Choiceland are among the other towns and villages that have lost their hotels and bars to fires in the past five years.

      In many cases, the hotels are decades, or even a century, old.

      Campbell said it's the worst disaster to hit Gull Lake since the movie theatre burned down in 1976.

      In that case, it was rebuilt.

      There's a strong community spirit in Gull Lake, so maybe the hotel can be replaced, too, he said.

      "We hope to see something happen," he said.

      Gull Lake, a town of about 1,000 residents, is about 300 kilometres west of Regina.

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