The Treherne Pharmacy suffered substantial damage when the building caught fire Wednesday night. The building which has stood in the community for approximately a hundred years will now be assessed as to whether or not it will remain open.
Municipality of Norfolk Treherne Reeve Craig Spencer says he and the deputy reeve were the ones who actually contacted the authorities.
"At about 8:15 p.m. last night the deputy reeve and myself noticed smoke coming out of the back third of the building," says Spencer. "I phoned 911 and my deputy reeve phoned the owners. One thing led to another and the fire departments from three communities showed up. They worked on until about 1 a.m. and managed to get the fire out in the back part of the building."
Fire departments from Rathwell, Holland and Treherne worked together on the blaze and were able to contain much of the damage to the rear portion of the pharmacy which housed storage and offices.
"They had to demolish it (the back end)," says Spencer. "They had to open it up. I didn't see any flames but there was a humongous amount of smoke. The building was a drug store, it had liquor and pharmaceuticals in it. It was very well-secured. The fire departments had trouble getting into it initially. They had to being a Track-Hoe in to open the back."
Spencer believes the building could be rebuilt and hopes that it will continue to remind citizens of what buildings looked like in Treherne a hundred years ago.