Fire in Port Clements destroys three buildings

  • Apr. 25, 2008 7:00 a.m.

By Heather Ramsay–A raging fire destroyed three buildings in Port Clements in the early morning hours Friday. Fire chief Craig Beachy said the fire department received a call at 1:55 am Friday (April 25) and when they arrived on the scene three buildings on Cedar Avenue were in flames. Twelve hours later, all three buildings, housing businesses called the Retreat, Ship Shape and Candy’s Katering, were gone, said Mr. Beachy. “What wasn’t burned we had to demolish to put the fire out,” he said. One of the buildings had been built around a mobile unit, said Mr. Beachy, and with an airspace under the floor, the fire department had hack their way in to get at the fire. Mr. Beachy said his fire fighters were limited by the water supply in Port Clements, which is always an issue. “I had more fire than hose lines,” he said. The fire-fighting caused problems with the water supply in Port, something Mr. Beachy wasn’t surprised to hear. “We were drawing all the system could supply,” he said. Children attending Port Clements Elementary school were sent home at 1pm because the water had been shut off, said School district Secretary treasurer Ken Campbell. Eighteen members of the volunteer fire department fought the fire until 6 am when some had to head to work. Mr. Beachy and a few others were at the scene for 12 hours. He said the fire was still smoldering at 3 pm Friday and probably would be for a couple of days. Mr. Beachy said RCMP members were at the scene and BC Hydro helped get rid of some power lines that were in the way. He said an insurance adjuster was also at the scene. The insurance company will try and determine the cause of the fire. Nadine Whittle watched the sparks and flames for about an hour. “It was unbelievable, losing three buildings all in a row,” she said. She took some video footage so she could show her mother, who used to run Bunny’s Drape and Sew out of the building where Ship Shape once was. Others reported trouble with telephone lines in town. Heather Nelson-Smith at the village office said one of their lines was down and other neighbours had complained, but the outages were sporadic. Mr. Beachy didn’t think any of the telephone lines had been impacted.

Just Posted

Haida Gwaii art gala seeks submissions

Annual fundraiser supports local artists and programs

PHOTO GALLERY: Masset takes off on Terry Fox Run

More than $1,000 raised for Terry Fox Foundation

B.C. offers early retirement, training fund for forest workers

Communities eligible for $100,000 for permanent closures

Prince Rupert’s ferry issue is a North Coast issue, MLA Rice

Prince Rupert not alone in fight to save ferry to Ketchikan: Alaskan Rep. Ortiz

Brand new vessel for Massett Marine Rescue

The Tagwaal was unveiled to the public Sept. 6

Third instance of Trudeau in skin-darkening makeup emerges

Another instance of Trudeau using makeup to darken his face has emerged, within 24 hours of the first

B.C. MLA’s former constituency assistant charged with fraud, breach of trust

Charges announced Sept. 19 more than two years after Martin fired Desmond Devnich for alleged thefts

B.C. salmon farm inspection deal reached with Indigenous people

Monitoring to determine if any Broughton region farms stay open

RCMP seize $1.9 million in B.C. traffic stop

The driver and passenger were detained under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Yearbook photo surfaces of Trudeau wearing ‘brownface’ costume in 2001

The report describes the occasion as an ‘Arabian Nights’-themed gala event

‘Troubling, insulting’: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh reacts to Trudeau’s brownface photo

Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democrats, responded with a call for love after Trudeau photos surface

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized, BC SPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

Elderly B.C. man gets 10 years in prison for sexually abusing young daughters

WARNING: This story contains graphic details and is not appropriate for all readers

Most Read