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Belmont Hotel and liquor store burn in downtown building fire – Prince Rupert Northern View

Belmont Hotel and liquor store burn in downtown building fire

A large fire broke out in a building in downtown Prince Rupert just before 9 p.m. on May 1, in the 719-741 block of Third Ave.

Witnesses said the fire started in the closed Rose’s Oriental Food and Gift shop and spread to the Belmont Hotel and the liquor store.

Fire rescue crews could be seen with all appliance trucks at the scene smothering flames from all sides of the building, including from above with hoses on the ladder truck.

Ambulance crews were on the scene and police warned crowds of passers-by to move away as smoke filled the streets and visibility dropped to near zero.

Susan Mckenzie, owner of the Belmont Liquor store, said The view from the north, someone entered the store to alert staff that there was a fire at the back of the nearby business. Staff called emergency services and immediately closed the store. She said there were no injuries among her staff.

Daksh Bavishi and Prabh Sarao, municipal furniture workers, said they were hanging out in the parking lot of the grocery store when they saw flames coming out of the back of part 741 of the building.

Prince Rupert Fire Rescue was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

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