Fire burns down Gypsy’s Bakery in Churchill

A fire that started early in the morning on May 13 completely destroyed Gypsy’s Bakery & Restaurant in Churchill.

Churchill Mayor Michael Spence told CBC that the volunteer fire department was called out around 12:30 a.m. and that the restaurant, which had been in operation for more than 25 years and owned by the Da Silva family for the past 15, was a total loss.

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Churchill Fire Chief Leroy Whitmore told CBC that the 11 firefighters who battled the blaze for more than eight hours tried several times to put out the flames inside before taking up a defensive position and deciding to knock the building down to protect other nearby structures. No one was in the building when the fire broke out and no injuries resulted from it.

"Due to the extent of the damage and the fire suppression efforts, the cause of the blaze is pretty much impossible to determine now," said Whitmore.

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