Corner Gaswas famously shot in downtown Rouleau, Saskatchewan, but a part of the show’s production has been decimated in a large fire that took place on Sunday (Sept. 28).
Fire crews tended to the blaze, treating the single-storey building that had once served as a set.
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“It was quite an inferno, all right,” said Mayor Grant Clark in an official statement. “It’s a pretty sad morning for a lot of people here.”
The building in question stood in for the fictional “Foo Mart” on Corner Gas, a food market with a sign that had seen better days prior to the ‘D,’ ‘K’ and 'E' falling off.
In reality, the building belonged to Spalding Orthopedics, a prosthetic limb design business, and the owner of the company even joined the volunteer fire department to put out the inferno.
Given the popularity of the hit Canadian show, the location had been busy with fan tourism. Waves of Corner Gas enthusiasts have made the pilgrimage to Rouleau over the years, but currently it’s unclear what will happen in the town’s day-to-day.
“He doesn’t know what he is going to do,” the mayor said of the man whose business was destroyed in the blaze – a fire that presently has no confirmed cause.
The highly anticipated Corner Gas movie, which was funded via crowdsourcing, filmed in Rouleau this summer and is slated for theatrical release in November.