Sidney roller rink destroyed in fire (with photos)

By Chelsea Bishop
By Perry Russom


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August 27, 2014 Updated Aug 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM EDT

Sidney, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The cause of the Hill Crest Roller Rink fire will be left undetermined. That's according to Delaware County Fire Coordinator Stephen Hood.

Multiple crews were called out to a fire at a roller rink on County Road 4.

"It was a place for all of the kids to go. A safe place. Some place they knew that someone cared about them," said Christine Burns who volunteered at the rink and skated there as a child.

The first fire call came in at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

"By the time my first and second fire assistant arrived on scene, the fire was through the roof," said Gregory Peck, chief of the Sidney Fire Department.

Firefighters said what may have contributed to this fire is how the rink is raised off of the ground, allowing air to come underneath and fuel the flames.

The rink was just a week away from opening for the season.

Some things were saved like old reminders of a fundraiser at the rink for flood relief.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," said Burns. "I can look at the building and see it, but it hasn't sunk in that it's done. It's over."

Sidney Fire Department was assisted by fire crews from Deposit, Mt. Upton, Trout Creek, Sidney Center, Unadilla, Masonville, Franklin and Bainbridge.

Flames were under control by 2:30 a.m.

There was no one inside the roller rink at the time of the fire and there were no reported injuries.

Peck said the hardest part of fighting the fire was getting water to the scene.

The family said they aren't sure if they're going to rebuild.

They first have to see what their financial situation will be.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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