City of Red Deer Parks amenities supervisor Steve Davison and Mike Murphy an insurance adjuster with Claims Pro Adjusters in Red Deer inspect the Kiwanis Picnic Shelter at Great Chief Park Wednesday. A fire in the shelter overnight caused extensive damage to the structure.

Picnic shelter vandalism estimated at $80,000

Damage has been estimated at $80,000 to The Kiwanis Picnic Shelter found burned early Wednesday morning in Red Deer.

Damage has been estimated at $80,000 to The Kiwanis Picnic Shelter found burned early Wednesday morning in Red Deer.

The shelter will be closed for the rest of the season, with picnickers urged to book shelters at Rotary Park or McKenzie Trails.

Around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, a fire ripped through the shelter causing roughly $80,000 in damages to the community shelter which is located at the southern tip of Great Chief Park. The shelter is valued at nearly $96,000. The fire was put out shortly after City of Red Deer Emergency Services crews arrived but there was extensive damage to the roof. The fire is believed to have started from a fire pit where an excessive amount of wood was burned.

The fire is under investigation.

If anyone has information on the incident, call the RCMP 403-343-5575 or Emergency Services at 403-346-5511.

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