Nfld. & Labrador

Dramatic fire destroys main building of Clarenville hotel

The Clarenville Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Wave Hotel and Fitness Centre around 12:30 Saturday afternoon, and returned again around 10 p.m.

Wave Hotel & Fitness Centre on Blackmore Avenue heavily damaged

The main building of the Wave Hotel and Fitness Centre in Clarenville is rubble after a fire late Saturday. (Paul Tilley/Twitter)

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."

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.

Flames could be easily seen in Clarenville late Saturday night in the main building of the Wave Hotel and Fitness Centre. (Submitted)

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.

Clarenville Fire Chief Cory Feltham says the main front building was destroyed. (@bonny_charlie/Twitter)
The Clarenville Volunteer Fire Department were holding the scene until 7:30 a.m. Sunday. (Submitted by Gordon Wheaton)

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With files from Lisa Gushue