This is a sad day for people in Edmonton. These were some of the most historic buildings in one of the most historic areas in Edmonton. Just this week there was another fire downtown where a parkade collapsed and trapped some fire fighters. Thankfully no people were killed in either fire.
I heard on the news that in Scales & Tails they lost 2 cats, 7 boas, 4 chameleons and some 400 fish. Very sad. Overall damage has been estimated around $4,000,000.
I, like a lot of Edmontonians, have spent a great deal of time down in the Old Strathcona area and it will never be the same. I am very certain that the buildings will be rebuilt and that the area will continue to be big part of what Edmonton is.
If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.