Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Inlander ablaze once again

Prince Rupert's night sky took on an orange glow shortly after 7 pm tonight, as once again the downtown area was witness to a fire at the Inlander Hotel, the second time that fire fighters have had to attend that structure in one month.

Prince Rupert Fire Rescue responded to the fully developed fire scene by 7:10 pm, while RCMP members blocked off the surrounding streets of the area. While they were taking to their tasks, numerous onlookers began to gather in the downtown core to watch as the fire department once again tackled the complicated and dangerous matter of trying to put a fire out in the labyrinth like building.

As the fire department unrolled their hoses and began the process of fighting the fire, the black billowing smoke could be seen from as far away as Park Avenue to the west and Hays Cove to the East. Closer to the fire scene, the definitive orange glow was visible for blocks with embers drifting across Second Avenue west, while smoke poured out of almost every available opening of the building.

This second fire takes place one month to the day of February's fire, which resulted in all of the tenants at the long time fixture on Second Avenue being relocated to other accommodations.

The cause of the original fire is still under investigation, destined now to be but a small part of a larger file on the much discussed downtown hotel, which may or may not be still standing by morning.

Photos from Rupertites watching the ongoing situation have started to appear on hackingthemainframe highlighting the scale of fire and with commentary reflecting the atmosphere in the downtown core as the fire continued to burn.

Video submissions have begun to appear on You Tube as well, 001, 002.

Update: By late Wednesday eveing a good portion of the front facade of the building had fallen as well as the right corner side of the building. The Northern View posted a short piece with updated details at 10 pm.

CBC News provided coverage from their website with a short story and many comments on the history of the Inlander.

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