Photo: This photo was taken at 11:30pm Saturday night – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca
Fort St. John Fire Crews will remain on the scene of the Fort Hotel Fire until early Sunday morning.
The Fort Hotel caught fire shortly after 5pm Saturday afternoon and at this point Fire Chief Fred Burrows says the cause of the fire is unknown. [asset|aid=1325|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20090502T2345.mp3]
Earlier in the evening Fort St. John RCMP were investigating reports a homeless man was missing and believed to be in the building. Those reports turned out to be false as the RCMP were able to locate the missing individual.
The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter was evacuated Saturday as smoke filled the streets west of 100th. The shelter was relocated to the North Peace Arena. Eleven people were also moved from the Condill Hotel because of smoke to different hotels in Fort St. John.
At around 6pm the fire looked as though it had been contained, but very quickly got out of control. Chief Burrows explains what happened.â€¨â€¨
An excavator was brought in to help knock down the building and its believed most of the building will be destroyed by the time the fire is out. The fire department hopes to be finished with the fire by early Sunday morning.
A major power line runs between the Fort Hotel and the Marc Joseph building and with the fire coming extremely close to knocking down power lines, power was cut to over 1,400 customers in Fort St. John shortly after 6pm. Hydro was able to restore power to the majority of those effected at around 11:15pm. Power remains out around the Fort Hotel.
The City of Fort St. John is in the process of purchasing the Fort Hotel and Mayor Lantz is unsure if the City owns the property. [asset|aid=1324|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20090502T2344.mp3]
Mayor Lantz said this is a sad end to the saga of the Fort Hotel. [asset|aid=1323|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20090502T2343.mp3]
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