Vandals active at Pas Ka Poo Park

Cheryl Jones attributes the quick action of Rimbey’s volunteer fire department with saving a church at the park from going up in flames.

A fire which began in some hay bales beside this historical church set up in Pas Ka Poo Park was in danger of spreading

Pas Ka Poo Park’s administrator Cheryl Jones attributes the quick action of Rimbey’s volunteer fire department with saving a church at the park from going up in flames last Tuesday.

“Thank God for their quick response,” she said. “We are so lucky. It could have gone up so easily and then the rest of the buildings could have gone, too. It would have been a historical catastrophe.”

Jones said she got a call about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday from the RCMP as they needed a key to get to the church. The RCMP told her there had been a fire at the park and they needed to get inside the church to be certain there had been no damage.

“I raced to the park with my heart in my throat,” she said. “I just panicked.”

However, the firemen had already extinguished a fire in the hay bales beside the church by the time Jones arrived.

“Luckily the ground was still frozen and the fire didn’t spread.”

She said it was difficult to determine how the fire started in the hay bales that night as it was dark. The next day, however, Jones and volunteer Eric Hornsey discovered the work of vandals in the park and they are certain the fire in the bales was not caused by an electrical malfunction.

“Whether they did it deliberately or accidentally, I don’t know,” she said. “But there were people here messing around. They had messed with the nativity scene and (the statue) of Mary was sitting in a truck (at the museum) and a wagon pulled out on the grass. The big polar bear is missing; it is nowhere to be found and an igloo is all smashed up.”

Fire chief John Weisgerber said he suspects the fire was caused by vandals.

“There’s nothing else around there to start a fire,” he said.

He agreed it was fortunate the fire didn’t spread to the church.

“Old dry wood like that would have gone up very quickly.”

Jones said the church was the first building to arrive at the park which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in August.

“It (the park) is a beau- tiful public facility and we want everybody to enjoy it. We are doing everything we can to help people enjoy it and they do come from all over to visit it. It is free and all we ask is that people act responsibly when they come here. We don’t want to have to put everything under lock and key.”

 

 

Just Posted

Influenza hits hard in Alberta

Flu season hits hard

UPDATE: Highway 2 lanes were closed due to milk truck fire near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Ice fishing enjoyed by all

Crestomere 4-H members enjoy ice fishing

Major announcement planned for Tuesday at Westerner Park

Hopes are that the CFR will be relocating to Red Deer

Volunteers busy

Volunteers at Pas Ka Poo Park

Volunteers busy

Volunteers at Pas Ka Poo Park

Suspected Toronto serial killer targeting gay community arrested

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Canadian band to get top honours at 2018 JUNO Awards

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles

Heritage Minister wants zero tolerance for harassment in entertainment industry

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly had two meetings to discuss harassment in the film, TV and theatre worlds

Most Read