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Historic Sacramento rink burns Sunday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A car fire may have started a blaze that destroyed the 70-year-old Iceland Ice-Skating Ring, a north Sacramento art deco landmark.

Flames consumed the De Paso Boulevard ice rink before dawn Sunday. Damage was estimated at $1 million.

Former Sacramento Councilman Rob Kerth, who is a grandson of ice rink founder William J. Kerth Sr., says a car fire behind the building may have ignited the blaze.

His grandfather started the American Ice Co. at the site in 1923. He created the rink next door in 1940.

Iceland got national exposure in 1961 televised fundraiser to pay for funeral costs for the U.S. figure skating team. A plane from New York crashed on a failed landing in Brussels, killing the team.

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