Dramatic fire destroys main building of Clarenville hotel
Wave Hotel & Fitness Centre on Blackmore Avenue heavily damaged
Fire has left much of the Wave Hotel and Fitness Centre in Clarenville in rubble, in a blaze so intense that crews remained at the scene for nearly eight hours beginning Saturday night and into Sunday.
The hotel housed the only swimming pool in town, noted Clarenville Mayor Frazer Russell, who said a lot of sporting events were held at the hotel, which would also accommodate visiting teams.
"It's going to be a loss to the town, so we'll have to wait and see now, of course, to hear about rebuilding plans."
Firefighters from the Clarenville Volunteer Fire Department were called to the hotel complex on Blackmore Avenue at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Russell praised their efforts in fighting the fire.
"Last night was not a great night to be fighting a fire of that magnitude," he said.
"It was a very, very cold night, and the volunteers were there and certainly were able to control the fire, because there are some other businesses in pretty close proximity and only in the background are our middle schools and our high school and so on, and the events centre just down the road as well."
Dramatic flames filled the sky Saturday night as fire struck the Wave Hotel in Clarenville. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Video: <a href="https://twitter.com/bonny_charlie?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bonny_charlie</a> <a href="https://t.co/EHtD7suhxu">pic.twitter.com/EHtD7suhxu</a>—@CBCNL
The fire department was also called to the hotel around 12:30 Saturday afternoon for a small fire that was quickly extinguished. RCMP Cpl. Mark Elliott told CBC they are investigating.
Fire Chief Cory Feltham said the main building of the hotel has been destroyed; however, two detached units at the back of the property were not touched and remain intact.
Another video recorded by a bystander as fire struck the Wave Hotel in Clarenville. No injuries have been reported. <br>Details: <a href="https://t.co/TvjxLRfWWS">https://t.co/TvjxLRfWWS</a> <a href="https://t.co/njoXaaIEZB">pic.twitter.com/njoXaaIEZB</a>—@CBCNL
With files from Lisa Gushue