ARSON MEANS THE SAD DEMISE OF THE ARROWHEAD ARENA
(by Trish Conforth)
Alas, the Arrowhead Arena Arena in the Kaserne burned to the ground at the end of July 2005! There hadn’t been any electric power in the building for 11 years and the whole of that derelict area in the Kaserne is now completely surrounded by a security fence, so the fire must have been deliberately started by vandals who got through the fence.
It was one of the first structures built by the Canadians. The wooden frame had asbestos roofing and asbestos siding plates which split and exploded in the flames. The blaze continued for a long time because the Kaserne hydrants no longer worked, so water was pumped from the Schutter River next door. Because asbestos particles can be dangerous for the lungs of fire-fighters, local patients in the nearby “Baden Heart Centre” (former Canadian Forces Hospital) as well as other neighbours, the firemen continued spraying water on the ruins for days afterwards.
It was a sorrowful end for the Arrowhead but most Canadians who lived in Lahr will still continue to preserve fond memories of playing hockey (leaving teeth or tears), broomball, etc. or performing figure-skating pirouettes there … The Lahr newspapers reported at length on the fire and recalled “the good old Canadian days” when local Germans were permitted to go skating, make friends and have fun in the Arrowhead Arena …