I haven't been out to the Hixt's for a few years, but from all accounts Larry and Ruth have never stopped collecting and building! The "Ranche" has become one of those iconic parts of this area.
Lightning appears to be the culprit in starting the fire. The Hixts could do little to fight the blaze while they waited for Rocky View County firefighters.
What's next? I say it's too early to say. Larry is asking for help in the clean-up and assessment - if you want to help, please call (403) 947-2143. We'll see where it goes from there. But I for one hope that Ruth and Larry's incredible project survives in some way to delight future visitors!