Fire wall lives up to billing

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By Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

It looks like Shaunavon will probably lose its historic firewall, although it certainly proved its effectiveness and value during a fire last week.
The wall, which stands between the former Gehl’s General Store (265 Centre Street) and AME Mechanical (255 Centre Street), has been deemed structurally unsafe and a safety risk, and is likely to be torn down in the near future (although it was still standing as of last Friday).
The wall was constructed more than 100 years ago to help the spread of fires, as many early downtown structures in Shaunavon and across the province were built wall-to wall with little or no safe separation.
The wall lived up to its purpose during last week's ferocious blaze, and successfully prevented a fire that toppled the General Store, from burning down the...continued.

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