100 years up in flames

Contributed Larry Verigin

UPDATE 7:45 a.m.

We are getting more information on the fire that destroyed one of the oldest structures in the village of Hedley B.C. overnight.

Larry Verigin who lives close to the restaurant tells Castanet he heard the village siren going off around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday morning and by the time he got outside the restaurant was completely engulfed in flames.

"The siren went off twice and woke a lot of people up, you never hear it going unless there is an emergency."

The Hitching Post Restaurant building was one of the first permanent structures in Hedley, built by L.W. Shatford and opened in May of 1903 as a one-story building.

The town is devastated by the loss of the historic structure, "that building and the general store are about the only original buildings still standing. The restaurant had a really good reputation and its loss is devastating for the town."

No word yet on what caused the fire but there are early reports indicating that two people have been taken to hospital as a result of the fire.

"The fire department did a really good job of protecting the rest of the buildings, some of the other properties are only a few feet away from the blaze. There isn't much in the town and when something like this happens its major."

ORIGINAL 6:15 a.m.

Fire has destroyed a historic restaurant in the southern interior of B.C.

The Hitching Post has been razed to the ground after a fire broke out overnight.

This photo sent to Castanet by Larry Verigin, shows the Hedley hostel with melted vinyl sign and the General Country Store behind the fire truck.

Verigin tells Castanet the Fire Dept managed to save those buildings. A small house on the north side, next to The Hitching Post was evacuated and sustained some damage.

No word yet on what caused the fire.

The Hitching Post has been serving Hedley residents and travellers for a 100 years.

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