Night clerk quells suspicious fire at former Traveller's Inn on Queens Ave.
Sep 06 2012
Police and fire crews responded to a fire at 760 Queens Ave. on Sept. 6.Photograph by: Staff , Times Colonist
A night clerk at the Hotel 760 (formerly Traveller’s Inn) on Queens Avenue might have averted disaster and injury by putting out a fire this morning – and it was only his second day on the job.
The Victoria Fire Department and police were on the scene at the hotel this morning investigating the cause of the small fire but by the time they’d arrived the flames were already out.
The night auditor (who declined to give his name) said he heard the fire alarm around 4:30 a.m. and walked to end of the lobby to investigate. He saw a door at the end of the first-floor hall engulfed in flames, with little smoke. He quickly grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the flames, then banged on the door with his boot.
“I just assumed the whole room was on fire,” he said. But it appears the fire was only on the outside of the room.
He heard a dog inside the room but the hall filled with too much smoke for him to stand so he ran outside to try to alert the guest inside and called 911.
Fire crews arrived on scene and the room’s tenant escaped without injury. The Victoria Fire Department said the fire is believed to have been deliberately set but did not say the cause of the fire. The cost in damages is about $2,000.