Firefightersbattled a largeblaze at Bimini's Tap House at 2010 West 4th Avenue near Maple Street on Monday morning.
Ken Hogg,agarbage truck driver,was driving throughthe alley when he saw workers running from the building. He then called 911.
"Right as I pulled into the lane, I saw flames starting to shoot out the side of the building and the guys came running from inside," said Hogg.
Firefighters were first called at 7:30 a.m. PT. By 8 a.m., the fire was burning out of control at the back of the building and smoke could be seen from across the city.
Half an hour later, crews had the fire under control. The fire did not appear to have spread to neighbouring buildings.
There are no reports of any injuries.
Renovations were being done to the building overnight, said the owner, Pete Uram. The large wooden structure was built in 1910.
There wereno reports yet on what may have caused the fire.Uram said it's too soon to say when Bimini's, one of B.C.'s first neighbourhood pubs, will reopen.