Photo: The landmark building was all but destroyed by a massive fire Wednesday./submitted by Cindy Hamre
Update: Dawson Creek Fire Chief Gordon “Shorty” Smith says firefighters are still on scene ensuring the few ‘hot spots’ do not flare up. Smith says a janitor was inside the building when the fire broke out. He also says the janitor alerted the department to the fire, but that no one was injured.
The fire is still under investigation.
A morning fire has consumed Wildcat Video, a landmark building on 10 St. and 103 Ave. in Dawson Creek.
The fire raged for a few hours before firefighters were able to put it out early Wednesday afternoon.
Nearly every available firefighter and RCMP officer was at the scene of the fire, says Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier.
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Bernier says the fire was contained to the video store and a restaurant, housed within the same building.
He says the first report he heard was that no one was injured in the fire, which he attributes to the fact that the business was not open when the fire started and no one was inside at the time it broke out. However, he says there was a lot of smoke causing disruptions in the area.
Bernier says B.C. Hydro had to shut off power to the block for safety reasons since a couple power lines behind the building actually caught fire. He says he believes power has been restored to most businesses in the downtown area, except those on the same block as the video store.
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