UPDATE: Electrical failure probable cause of derelict Arrowview Hotel fire

The cause of the derelict Arrowview Hotel fire "appears to be an electrical failure," Port Alberni fire Chief said.

An electrical failure appears to be the cause of the fire that started in the former Arrowview Hotel on the night of Thursday, April 2, according to Port Alberni fire Chief Tim Pley.

(To see the News’ initial story, which includes the history of the derelict building, click here.)

The call came into the Port Alberni Fire Department at 8:40 p.m. According to Pley, “the fire response consisted of a full contingent from PAFD, one engine from Sproat Lake Fire Department and two engines from Beaver Creek Fire Department.”

The Sproat Lake and Beaver Creek fire departments responded through their mutual aid agreement with the city’s department.

(story continues below)

“Upon arrival, fire crews found visible fire in the interior of the building with smoke issuing from the soffits and eaves,” Pley said.” The fire was managed with master stream lines from the exterior and then hand-lines interior.”

Crews searched the entire building to ensure that there were no victims inside at the time of the blaze.

Pley said that “the property was occupied by a caretaker who was away at the time of the fire.”

The PAFD has secured the structure and returned custody to the owner.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/alberninews

Just Posted

Port Alberni’s Healthy Harvest Farm closing

Operation will merge with Hupacasath Community Garden

Port Alberni Black Sheep hang on to win season opener

Sheep face James Bay Rugby Club in first game of the season

Port Alberni man arrested for breaking windows

29-year-old Port Alberni resident was caught breaking a window in a local residence

Port Alberni RCMP investigating vehicle collision on the Hump

Nanaimo resident investigated for driving under the influence

SAR squads perform technical rescue after hiker injures ankle near Cameron Lake

Woman was evacuated down steep mountain trail by stretcher on Sunday

Toy Run roars through Port Alberni

Vancouver Island’s largest motorcycle event draws more than 500 riders

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Cyclists finish North America trip to highlight Ukraine struggle

The 10,000 bike ride raised over $10,000 for victims of the war in Ukraine.

21 new paramedics promised for B.C. Interior

A total of 18 new full-time paramedics will be hired for Kamloops and three are being hired for Chase.

Federal stats show slight increase in irregular migrant claims in August

113 extra people tried to cross the Canadian border last month

Work begins to remove cargo from grounded Haida Gwaii barge and fishing lodge

Westcoast Resorts’ Hippa Lodge broke from its moorings and ran aground early this month

Tilray to export cannabis formulation to U.S. for clinical trial

Marijuana remains illegal in most of the U.S.

Court of appeal grants injunction on Taseko’s exploratory drilling in B.C. Interior

The decision provides temporary protection and relief, said Chief Joe Alphonse

Most Read