On the morning of December 9, 2013, a building housing three businesses was destroyed in a fire. Firefighters worked through temperatures hovering around -30 C to battle the blaze and were able to keep it from spreading to other nearby buildings. They also protected at Manitoba Hydro pole, which if damaged would have knocked out power in the inner city. The building, which housed Prairie Electric, Rylam Developments and Westman Golf Service, was a total loss. Water from the hoses immediately froze to whatever it touched including the firefighters themselves. Brandon Sun photographer Tim Smith spent the morning documenting the firefighters efforts to douse the fire.