A four-unit condominium under construction in the Lake Vista neighbourhood of Martensville was levelled by fire in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 20.
Firefighters responded to the call at about 3:00 a.m., according to Martensville Deputy Fire Chief Dean Brooman.
Fire crews used two pumpers and a tanker. When they arrived on scene, the building was fully engulfed and flames were shooting high into the air.
They were able to get the fire under control in about 20 minutes, and continued actively fighting the blaze until about 6:30 a.m.
“There were multiple 911 calls about a structure fire at this end of the city,” said Brooman in an interview at the scene on Thursday morning as a fire crew soaked down smouldering hotspots in the rubble. “At that time of the night, you never know exactly what to expect, but thankfully the building was unoccupied and we didn’t have to worry about anyone being trapped inside.
“We were able to get good containment on it right away and we’re happy we were able to stop it from going any further than it did.”
No one was injured in the incident. Continue reading “Early morning fire in Martensville destroys condo”→
When it first opened back in the summer of 2010, the Martensville Aquatic Centre made a big splash in the region.
Eight years later, the facility is more popular than ever.
Just ask Hannah Strautman. The co-manager of the pool landed her first part-time job as a lifeguard there just before she went into Grade 11 in 2010. It was so much fun she decided to return the following summer, and every year since.
For the past four years, she’s been the senior staffer, coordinating shifts for the young summer staff and overseeing the operations.
“It’s an amazing place,” said Strautman in an interview. “Every year we have new people coming in, but there’s a real sense of teamwork and everyone has fun. I think that the public picks up on that feeling, and that’s one of the reasons they like coming here.”
That, and the fact it’s a great place to cool off on a hot day. Over the course of a summer, thousands of people pass through the turnstile at the front gate. The facility boasts three waterslides, a kiddie-pool, lane pool and shallow area with spray towers.
“The pool is a huge asset for the City of Martensville and the towns around here,” said Emily Harwood-Johnson, the other co-manager at the facility. “It’s a gathering place where people can socialize. On hot days, the parking lot is packed, the waterslides are packed, the lawn is full and so is the pool.
“It’s a place that people flock to, and it’s nice to have that in the community.”
The aquatic centre employs 17 young staff members during the summer. In addition to working as lifeguards, the staff also teach swimming lessons. Continue reading “Dive right in! Martensville Aquatic Centre is a popular place every summer”→