Morning blaze leaves void in downtown Currie

ASIDE FROM AN AMERICAN FLAG and a pickup truck, it was difficult to see much of anything in downtown Currie early last Thursday morning, as smoke from a fire at the old ice cream shop filled the air. Photo / Per Peterson

Century-old building was most recently an ice cream and sweet shop

By Per Peterson

A building that for more than a century had served the small town of Currie in a variety of different ways burned to the ground early last Thursday morning.

The Currie Fire Department was called to a fire at the corner of Mill and 1st streets at 1:56 a.m., and shortly upon arrival, flames began to engulf a building that was most recently owned by Gregg and Robyn Hansen.

“The flames were just starting,” said Currie firefighter Joe Schreier. “I was told there were wires scratching against the building — the power wires. It started in-between Ed Sweetman’s building and this building.”

Currie Fire Chief Jeff Zens said smoke was coming out of the roof when his team arrived on the scene. He said it’s likely the fire started because of an electrical issue.

“Kids do get on that roof and play up there, too, but the sheriff’s deputy said there was no one up there when he got here; we assume it was electrical,” said Zens.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

The Hansens took over ownership of the building in the mid-2000s and operated an ice cream and cake shop, known as Sweet Treats and More, The Currie Corner.

“We were operating it until about nine years ago,” Robyn said. “It was an ice cream place with sandwiches, and I wanted to expand my cake-making, so we bought the building so I could do that.”

It’s been about nine years since the Hansens operated their store.

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