DIXFIELD – A shack used to help warm up cold ice skaters at McGouldrick Park was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

Town Manager Tom Richmond said an apparent electrical problem that burst into flames caused damage to a wall and part of the roof of the 12-by-12-foot building that had been donated by Irving Forest Products to the town several years ago for use by skaters at the ice rink.

He said the fire broke out sometime after 9 p.m. when the rink was closed, so no one was in the building.

Damage is so extensive that it will not be saved, he said. The building was covered by the town’s insurance. It will be taken down during the summer, then likely replaced in time for next year’s ice skating season.

In the meantime, Richmond said skaters will be able to go inside to get out of cold and windy weather, but no heat will be available.

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