(photos | Drew Postey)
Regina Fire battled a large fire Tuesday night in the Traveller’s Building in the 1800 block of Broad Street which has left the historic structure nearly gutted.
In the daylight, charred bricks can be seen clearly as firefighters remained on scene to ensure no hotspots flared up.
Regina Fire and Protective Services responded with five fire trucks Tuesday night to fight the flames, but heavy winds from the tail-end of a blizzard hampered efforts.
Two aerial truck operators were brought in to fight the fire. Crews worked well into Wednesday morning to ensure no hot spots were still burning.
There are few details as to how the fire started. Crews were called to the scene Tuesday night around 10:00.
The Travellers Building was built in 1929 and originally housed a car dealership on the main floor. The upper floor was mainly occupied by short-term display and sales office space for traveling salesmen – where the building gets its name.
The building is said to have housed an old Arcadia Ballroom located on the upper floor. It is a 1920s style horsehair dance floor similar to the one at Danceland in Watrous, Sask.
The building was designed by Storey and Van Egmond. George Broder, founder of the Broder Development Company in Regina, was responsible for the construction.
The building was owned by the City for a number of years and was bought in 2005.
It was designated a heritage property in 2001.