RCMP in­ves­ti­gat­ing ‘sus­pi­cious’ Lewis Mo­tel fire

Journal Pioneer - - PRINCE COUNTY - BY MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY Mil­li­cent.mckay@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com

West Prince RCMP of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of a struc­tural fire that oc­curred early Sun­day morn­ing. Cor­po­ral Lisa Jones says the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fire at the former Lewis Mo­tel is open and on­go­ing. “There was no elec­tric­ity to the build­ing. It is a sus­pi­cious fire and we be­lieve it was in­ten­tion­ally set.” Around 4:30 a.m. RCMP and the O’Leary Fire De­part­ment re­ceived phone call about the fire. The struc­ture had been va­cant for a num­ber of years and had its elec­tric­ity and other sys­tems shut off. When fire­fight­ers ar­rived at the scene, the struc­ture was fully en­gulfed, said O’Leary fire Chief Ron­nie Phillips. “We are go­ing on the as­sump­tion that the cause of the fire is sus­pi­cious. The build­ing’s elec­tric­ity was shut off so there was no elec­tri­cal source that could have started it.” He added, “From what we’re fig­ur­ing, it seems the fire was lit from both ends of the struc­ture.” Phillips said the fire trav­elled along the roof and made its way to the in­di­vid­ual rooms of the di­lap­i­dated mo­tel. Al­ber­ton and West Point fire de­part­ments also at­tended the scene to help con­trol the fire. “There was prob­a­bly about 30 fire­fight­ers at the scene. They were a big help in ex­tin­guish­ing the blaze.” Phillips says the fire was un­der con­trol within 45 min­utes of their ar­rival, but the fire’s hot spots took time to in­sure they would not flare up. “It was a lit­tle af­ter 7 a.m. when the fire was fully beat. Af­ter that, the boys were clean­ing up.” Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the fire is en­cour­aged to con­tact the West Prince RCMP de­tach­ment at 902-853-9300.

ERIC MCCARTHY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

RCMP and fire­fight­ers from the West Point, O’Leary and Al­ber­ton fire de­part­ments re­sponded to a call about a blaze at the former Lewis Mo­tel. The struc­ture was en­gulfed by the time crews ar­rived on the scene Sun­day.

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