The Skyline Esso gas station and truck stop was razed in a mid-morning fire on Monday, Nov. 2.
The station is located at the east end of Malakwa near the Craigellachie Last Spike monument tourist stop. Firefighters from Malakwa got the call sometime around 9 to 10 a.m. and responded to battle the blaze with firefighters from Sicamous and Swansea Point joining the battle.
Many images and videos spread across social media, showing flames and smoke jumping from the windows of the building. Firefighters battled the blaze from the outside, limiting further damage to nearby propane tanks and other vehicles.
The gas station, store, mechanic’s shop and restaurant is a total loss, with only a shell of parts of the building remaining.
In a statement to media, authorities said the fire likely started in a second story office, but it’s unclear exactly what was the cause in the building, which is about 25 years old.
Owner Lyall Hainstock said the loss was a blow to the community, which has lost a key resource.
About 15 employees of the station have now been displaced from work. Some of them had worked there for decades.
The truck stop is a key resource between Revelstoke and Sicamous in an area with few other services for motorists.
Columbia Shuswap Regional District fire chief Kenn Mount told attending media that the fire posed special challenges given all the potential fuel sources nearby.
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