Ho­tel back in busi­ness

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER THE GUARDIAN

The Rodd Roy­alty is up and run­ning af­ter the ho­tel had a fire in its build­ing Mon­day night.

The fire was cause when one of the pipes sup­ply­ing chem­i­cals to the pool burst and leaked over the floor, which then drained down into the elec­tri­cal room and on to some pan­els in the floor below.

“It ate away at the metal and caused a fire,” said Keith Sa­muel, gen­eral man­ager at Rodd Roy­alty. “That is what we gather at the mo­ment any­way.”

Upon hear­ing the alarm sys­tem go­ing off, one of the main­te­nance staff went down to check the area and could see the fire.

“He did man­age to tackle the fire him­self and get it con­tained, but at that time the fire alarm was al­ready go­ing off and emer­gency teams were called on site to help as­sist.”

Over­all, the evac­u­a­tion un­folded as good as it could go, said Sa­muel.

“You are never re­ally pre­pared for when the alarm goes off,” he said. “You do your train­ing and un­til the alarm goes off in the heat of the mo­ment you re­ally don’t know how things are go­ing to go.”

The in­ci­dent af­fected ap­prox­i­mately 30 guests who had to be re­lo­cated to the Rodd Char­lot­te­town, Delta and the Hol­i­day Inn.

The ho­tel sus­tained mi­nor smoke dam­age. No one was in­jured from the fire.

“The lobby was smoky but lucky enough with the emer­gency ser­vices and the way they re­acted so quickly, they were able to suck a lot of the air out of the build­ing through cer­tain vents, avoid­ing a lot of smoke dam­age.”

The elec­tric­ity came back on around 10:30 p.m. Mon­day with elec­tri­cians work­ing to re­store a few elec­tri­cal pan­els Tues­day.

The ho­tel hosted sev­eral meet­ings Tues­day morn­ing, and guests were ar­riv­ing at the ho­tel by the af­ter­noon.

Sa­muel said for the fu­ture, they are look­ing at sev­eral ways to re­duce the risks of this hap­pen­ing again.


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