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Landmark Iceland Skating Rink Destroyed By Fire

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A 70-year-old Sacramento landmark is no more after the iconic Iceland Skating Rink was destroyed by a five-alarm blaze early Sunday morning. 

Firefighters responded to the skating rink around 3:30am Sunday.  Within an hour of responding, the blaze grew to five alarms, triggering a massive firefighting response from throughout Sacramento.

Firefighters had contained most of the blaze by 8:00am.

Light rail service and street traffic was disrputed for a short time Sunday morning near the intersection of Arden Way and Del Paso Boulevard in North Sacramento.

As of Sunday morning, arson investigators were still at the scene of the fire, attempting to determine what caused the blaze.  Fire officials were able to determine the fire was ignited at the rear of the building, possibly by a vehicle parked behind the skating rink.

The owner of the Iceland skating rink told a local television station he did not obtain fire insurance for the building.  The rink’s historic neon sign reading "ICELAND" was spared.

Matthew Keys is an online news writer for FOX40.com and community contributor to The Sacramento Press.

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