Large fire destroys Port Renfrew business

A Port Renfrew business that was soon to be opening as a hostel and adventure centre went down in flames early Saturday morning.

At approximately 5 a.m., Port Renfrew Fire Rescue responded to a call from an employee who was staying in the staff housing beside the property, saying the building had caught fire.

Mike Hicks, Capital Regional District director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, said by the time the fire rescue arrived at the scene, the wooden building was engulfed in 50 to 60-foot-high flames.

Firefighters, as well as some members of the community, worked until noon the next day to contain the fire.

Jack Julseth from Three Point Properties, who owns the property with a few family members, said he was happy that no one was hurt, and that no other properties were damaged.

“If there was going to be a fire, we were pretty blessed, and none of our operations have been affected at all,” he said. “It sucks that we put so much effort in to the building and it’s all gone, but business is usual and we’ll just have to rebuild that portion.”

The building, which was formerly known as the old Lighthouse Pub, was set to open in May as a retail centre in addition to the other adventure businesses in town owned by the same family.

“It’s definitely a financial hit, but there’s nothing we can do now but move on,” said Julseth. “We’ll still have bicycles, whale watching, a Frisbee golf course, kayaks, Renfrew Pub, Coastal Kitchen and the Seaside Cottages, we’ll still have everything, we just won’t have that one facility.”

He said the building was a lovely asset to their “master plan” but luckily it was not their main focus and now they will just use temporary facilities until that one is replaced.

“The last thing I want is anyone thinking we aren’t operational. We are still open, this is just a bump in the road,” Julseth said.

The fire finally smouldered out at approximately 5 pm the next day, and inspectors say it was likely caused by an electrical shortage.

Just Posted

UPDATED: Royal Jubilee gets 15 more patient beds for end-of-life care

New patient beds in hospice and acute palliative care to be in place by spring 2020

Police impound 19 vehicles for excessive speed on Malahat

Excessive speed is classified as going more than 40 km/h over the limit in that stretch

Beaches near Sidney’s Tsehum Harbour to receive first clean up in years

Peninsula Streams Society hopes to attract 50 volunteers for the Saturday event

Food truck pilot program in Saanich parks gets the green light from council

Pilot program will see food trucks permited in certain parks as early as next summer

‘Homespun’ brings six Greater Victoria artists together for genre-bending music

Highlands Music Coffee House returns Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

‘A loud sonic boom’: Gabriola Island residents recount fatal plane crash

Area where the plane went down is primarily a residential neighbourhood, RCMP say

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by BB gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Dec. 10

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

B.C. guide fined $2K in first conviction under new federal whale protection laws

Scott Babcock found guilty of approaching a North Pacific humpback whale at less than 100 metres

Feds urge Air Canada to fix booking problems as travel season approaches

The airline introduced the new reservation system more than three weeks ago

Almost 14,000 Canadians killed by opioids since 2016: new national study

17,000 people have been hospitalized for opioid-related poisoning

Chevron move to exit Kitimat LNG project a dash of ‘cold water’ for gas industry

Canada Energy Regulator approved a 40-year licence to export natural gas for Kitimat LNG

Most Read