Landmark Quamichan Inn in Cowichan Valley destroyed by flames
Structure on Maple Bay Road began as a home more than 100 years ago, was operating as an inn and restaurant
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.
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.