Fire destroyed a new building on the former Avondale Speedway property early Thursday morning.
Bob Smith, who works for new owner Pat Squires as the facility’s manager, said the blaze is a setback. Squires has been planning to reopen the speedway for the 2014 season, Smith said.
The freestanding building was recently constructed and had not yet been wired, leading Smith to ponder about a suspicious fire.
The heat was so intense, the foundation was also damaged, Smith said.
“We have to start from scratch,” he said.
Smith said Squires was alerted by security that the building was on fire.
When they arrived on scene, the fire department and RCMP were already there.
“It was pretty well to the ground,” Smith said.
By 9 a.m. it was gone.
The building was to be the tech inspection facility and it was also to house the washrooms and canteen for the pit area.
The facility was shuttered up for the winter and contained some heavy equipment — a roller for stone and asphalt, Smith said.
The speedway closed down a couple of years ago but was being renovated under the new ownership.
The RCMP in Holyrood said in a news release that the cause of the fire has not been determined.
RCMP officers were on the scene along with volunteer firefighters from Avondale, Harbour Main and Holyrood departments.
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