Early Sunday morning, a fire leveled two recycling buildings at the Marsh Lake dump.
Built by community volunteers, the two metal-clad buildings have been a target for vandals since they opened for business last May.
“Over the last eight months all the windows in the buildings were smashed,” said Ian Lommerse, a Marsh Lake resident at the scene. “This points to a need for tighter control of the dump.”
“Use of the buildings has been increasing every month, even in winter,” said Gloria Johnson, a volunteer who has been involved with the recycling project since its inception.
“The free store has been extremely popular with people stopping every day,” Johnson said. Two weeks ago volunteers installed new shelves and bins and made other improvements to the store.
The blaze started inside the free store, according to Jurgen Wilms, chief of Marsh Lake’s volunteer fire department.
The cause of the fire is undetermined, he said.
RCMP are investigating.