Regina man forced to tear down snow fort; property owners worry about fire hazard

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REGINA - Some people think it's making a mountain out of a snow hill.
A tenant in a Regina condo has been forced to demolish a snow fort he built in his back yard after a property management company told him they thought it posed a safety risk.
Bruce Lunan fought the order for weeks, but now he's given up and is tearing down the 2.4-metre structure that was topped by a Canadian flag.
Lunan said the fort had been a big hit with the neighbourhood children.
"It's a tradition," said Lunan. "My dad took me out every year since I was little. We'd get snow and built a snow fort. It's Canadian."
Lunan questions some of the safety concerns raised by the property management company, noting that SaskPower told him there was no danger in having the igloo next to his power box.
As for a letter that told him it was a fire concern, Lunan could only look at the frozen structure and shrug.
The president of ICR General Property Management said the company was within its rights as tenant are not allowed to build things on property they don't own.
The president, who didn't give his name, also asked what would have happened if the snow fort collapsed on a small child.
"It's snow!" replied a frustrated Lunan. "We're in the middle of Saskatchewan. I shouldn't have to ask to build a snow fort in the back yard."
Lunan said he won't have the same problem next year, as he plans to move out of the condo.

Geographic location: Regina, Saskatchewan

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