ARTHUR, N.D. (AP) — An iconic venue for dances and concerts in a rural North Dakota city has been destroyed by fire.

Firefighters from Gardner, Arthur, Hunter and Grandin responded to the blaze Thursday afternoon at what is now known as Arthur's Burn. For decades it was known as Johnson's Barn.

"You think of the staple and the friendships and the good times and the family moments that this place has obviously provided, it's very sad," Cass County Sgt. Tim Briggeman said.

The sheriff's office said the cause of the fire wasn't immediately determined.

"What an absolutely tragic situation that's taken place in the community of Arthur," Briggeman said. "As far as the cause of the fire, none of that is even close to being determined. Prayers to the family at this point, with an intent that they stay healthy."

The barn hosted hundreds of events through the years. Area resident Dawn Moore told KVRR-TV that the loss of the barn where she and her husband had their first date was sad. She called it "part of the town, part of the history."

"My husband and I had our first date here," Moore said.

A GoFundMe page has to been set up to help the owners rebuild. As of Friday the page had raised more than $2,000.

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Information from: KVRR-TV, http://kftv.com