Nelson, B.C. – Fire destroys Nelson heritage building

Fire destroys Nelson heritage building
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Last Updated: Friday, July 30, 2010

Four firetrucks were called out to the fire in Nelson on Thursday night. (Rich Mooney/CBC)
A fire destroyed a heritage building in downtown Nelson, B.C., on Thursday night, forcing the temporary evacuation of several downtown blocks while hundreds of town residents turned out to watch the blaze.

The fire started around dinnertime in the basement of the Red Fish Grill. Everyone got out safely, but the fire raged for hours.

Fire Chief Simon Grypma said no one was injured but a large area of downtown Nelson was evacuated as flames shot out the roof of the century-old building.

“We had to evacuate the Hume Hotel and several apartment blocks on Baker Street because of the smoke and the threat of the fire moving from building to building,” said Grypma.

Yosuke Shirotani was working in his family’s sushi restaurant next door when the fire broke out.

“First thing I did was just close the window and grab all the valuables. Now we have to wait and see what’s going to happen,” he told CBC News as he watched the fire burn.

Firefighters managed to contain the fire to just one building, but by the time the flames were finally extinguished around 3 a.m. PT, the building was gutted, leaving its charred remains in the town’s historic downtown core.

Fire officials say the Hume Hotel did sustain some water damage.

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