Just in case you missed it on the rumour mill the Skyline gas station and truck stop beside the Trans-Canada Highway bridge over the Perry River burned to the ground on Monday, November 2.
The skyline was a locally important business in Malakwa and served the community and travelers on the TCH for more than 25 years. It also employed more than a dozen people and now they may never get it back.
“It’s devastating. I’ll tell you, it’s most devastating to our staff,” Lyall Hainstock, who owned and operated the truck stop for 25 years, told Global News. The Malakwa Volunteer Fire Department arrived within 15 minutes of getting the call just after 9 am summoning help from the Sicamous and Swansea Point departments.
“The crews went in, it quickly got into the roof, we evacuated them out and fought from the exterior,” says Malakwa Fire Chief Joanne Held.
Although The Revelstoke Current almost never matches other news sites’ stories, especially if they are not about Revelstoke, the near-iconic nature of the Skyline (locals have for years used it as one of the gauges of fairness when it comes to gasoline prices) deserves a mention.
Global News has the complete story and video on its website.