40-year-old roller rink catches fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

40-year-old roller rink catches fire

That big, winged rollerskate sign in the sky has been a familiar sight to Memphians for 43-years. Tonight part of the building may be destroyed, but the memories of it remain.

You could see the flames for miles.

Word of the fire spread like fire...people calling friends and taking pictures of the now burning Skateland.

Everyone there, from the kids to the firefighters, had a story about the place.

"I used to come here," said Memphis Fire Department Chief Skeeter Rutledge. "I wasn't a good skater but I had many a fall here."

People told their stories about falling down and falling in love.

"I was 11-years-old, I told my husband I was going to marry him when I met him here," said Donna Lebo. "He didn't believe me, but I married him at 19. Yes I did"

Memories of a burned out Skateland now forever burned in their minds.

Owner David Pieracinni was distraught over the loss of this family owned businesss, but says he does plan to rebuild.

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