The Travellers Building in downtown Regina has been reduced to rubble after a late night fire on Tuesday. The building, which was built in 1929, was destroyed by the blaze.
Acting fire chief Layne Jackson says while it didn’t take long for the first crews to get on site after the call, it was quickly determined there were too many risks to save the structure.
“And the decision was made to not go any further into the interior given the circumstances and the fire situation,” said Jackson. “So, you have to decide what you’re going to risk insofar as the risk to our firefighters’ safety. So the decision was made to not to go any further into that building.”
Jackson is hopeful that amongst the rubble, a cause can be found.
“It’s to early to speculate on the cause,” says Jackson. “I can’t say that total burns like this – it becomes more complicated and difficult to solve. We have a very talented investigators there doing everything they can to determine what caused the fire.”
Jackson says investigators have been unable to get inside to see what may have started the fire.
He can’t give any timeframe as to when a cause could be determined.
He adds the department is sure no one was inside the building when it started on fire as there were thoughts some homeless people may have been inside because of the weather.