The Quamichan Inn on Vancouver Island began as a Tudor-style home 100 years ago in the Cowichan Valley and until Friday was operating as a restaurant, lounge and bed and breakfast. 

Now though, a fire, which broke out on Friday night, has put the future of the business in doubt.

"It's pretty devastating," said Kristi Jones, a staff member at the inn who said it was scary how fast the fire spread.

"I noticed a few flames on the roof, ran inside and called 911, we got the customers and room guests out and five minutes later the place was engulfed in flames."

No one was injured but the heritage building couldn't be saved.

Quamichan Inn Fire Kristi Jones

Kristi Jones, who worked at the Quamichan Inn says she was surprised how quickly the flames spread at the 100-year-old structure. (CHEK News)

Investigators are now working to determine the cause of the fire.

Linda Hansen lived there before the home was converted into a hotel and restaurant. 

"It's very upsetting because there's so many memories in that house," she said. "So many Christmases, friends, parties, family. It's part of my heart, part of my soul."

with files from Keith Vass.