British Columbia

Landmark Quamichan Inn in Cowichan Valley destroyed by flames

Fire investigators are trying to determine how a fire began on Friday night at the century-old Quamichan Inn in the Cowichan Valley.

Structure on Maple Bay Road began as a home more than 100 years ago, was operating as an inn and restaurant

Fire destroyed most the Quamichan Inn in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island on Friday, May 27, 2016. (Neil Anderson/CHEK News)

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.

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.