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Historic Bellevue Inn damaged in early morning blaze
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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On Jan. 30 at approximately 2 a.m., Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue Inn responded to a call at the Bellevue Inn and found the front of the structure engulfed in flames. It took four hours to extinguish the blaze. Nobody was injured.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
On Jan. 30, the call came in at about 2 a.m. that the historic Bellevue Inn was on fire.
Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue arrived at the establishment, located on 213th Street in Bellevue, finding the front of the structure engulfed in flame.
It took three fire engines, a rescue support unit and nineteen firefighters four hours to extinguished the blaze. The first floor and upstairs apartments were almost destroyed. The bar sustained smoke damage.
Deputy fire chief Curtis Stevens says all bar patrons and residents of the building’s upstairs apartments were evacuated before emergency responders arrived.
Four renters who lost their homes are staying in temporary lodgings.
Two of the displaced are receiving aide from Alberta Works, one received food and clothing from disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross. Another is staying at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre because of an unrelated issue.
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Officials are still investigating the cause of the incident but owner Patricia Green says the fire started in a rolled up carpet stored under the establishment’s veranda.
Green says a patron noticed the burning carpet and advised staff to call 911.
“[We] tried to move the carpet but it was already too hot,” she says.
“What do you do? Everybody is safe, everybody’s okay,” she says. “The bar is fine, just some minor smoke damage.”
After a staff and volunteers mobilized for a huge effort, the Bellevue Inn officially reopened on Super Bowl Sunday and served fire themed drinks all day.
In a message to patrons, Green’s husband and co-owner Frank Green thanked a host of volunteers who helped with the cleanup including Carmen Kenney-Koinberg, Shane Kavanagh, Teri Kavanagh, Lila Petersen, her son Larry, Ted Hermans, Jamie Nelson, Lorna Moore Gatto, Justin Green, Karen Mosby Kubik and Reginald Lafreniere.
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