News

No answers yet in Alberni restaurant fire

Fire officials are still searching for answers after a fire gutted the former Tidebrook Hotel.

The main building of the once proud hotel was reduced to a charcoal smoking ruin on Saturday night.

One witness reported seeing people entering in and out of the building at various times and even taking shelter in the basement during the nights. However, there were no injuries or fatalities reported Port Alberni Fire Chief Tim Pley said. No cause has been determined and the fire remains under investigation, he added.

Pley wouldn't say that the building is a write off. "But it has been extensively damaged," he said.

The fire broke out sometime before 9 p.m. and was fully engulfed by 10:30 p.m. Crews from Port Alberni Fire Department battled the blaze and rural departments were ready to support as part of a mutual aid agreement.

The building was owned by Jack Purdy and was recently part of a City of Port Alberni tax sale in September.

The hotel portion of the Tidebrook was located on the backside of the property and was torn down following the fire in January.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

NDP blasts lottery corporation spending
 
Site C dam construction to start next summer
 
Pride comes to Alberni
Police tackle, apprehend man in Campbell River
 
West Coast Wild: Break the ice
 
Local chef competes on Chopped Canada
Cross returning to Tzouhalem lookout
 
Rent controls here to stay, province says
 
VIDEO: PM Harper on Sydney, Pakistan attacks

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.