Fire Takes Restaurant But Not Hotel Spirit

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April 11th, a suspicious fire did irreparable damage to the ABC country restaurant located at the Accent Inn Victoria but the hotel was able to open the next day.

Accent Inn Victoria Hotel opened the next day after the fire

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This past Thursday night, April 11th, a suspicious fire did irreparable damage to the ABC country restaurant located at the Accent Inn Victoria hotel, 3233 Maple St. Fire is certainly something feared by everyone but even more so when it comes to a large complex like an apartment or hotel. When the call came into the Accent Inn front desk, the staff immediately followed the procedures they had been taught. Calls went out to their management and staff and evacuation procedures quickly began with police and firemen joining to assist. The restaurant, being closed, luckily was empty with no staff present there.

People and pets had the opportunity to stay warm in waiting BC Transit Busses. After rooms had been cleared and head-counts taken, the hotel staff proceeded to secure rooms at other local hotels for all guests, some of whom were still in their pajamas.

The Saanich fire department did an excellent job containing the fire to the restaurant alone and thanks to concrete firewalls, the hotel was left relatively undamaged. In the light of day on the following Friday, police and fire investigators began doing their work in regards to the criminal investigation surrounding the possible setting of the fire. Working with the hotel staff, police and fire officials had hotel guests collecting any belongings or vehicles left behind by early afternoon. By late afternoon, the Accent Inn began welcoming back those guests who had been evacuated and who wished to continue their stay.

“I’ve been receiving many calls and we’ve had guests coming back, all thanking our staff for their quick and caring actions, some even bringing gifts. I also want to thank my other hotel colleagues for assisting our guests on such short notice," says Chris Knight, General Manager.

As of Saturday the 13th, the shell of ABC restaurant is being torn down as the fire department searches for hotspots and takes care of any safety concerns. Over at the hotel it is a completely different story. The Accent Inn staff are busy preparing for business as usual, cleaning rooms, working with guests and even taking reservations. They are open for business.

About Accent Inns
Not your typical, stuffy hotel chain. Yes, we have modern, clean rooms, but we’ll also tell you where to go (in a good way). We’ll give you the down low on where the locals hang - the hot spots for shopping, dining and hitting the town. Oh yeah, did we mention that we’re also a pint-sized, boastfully BC hotel chain with five locations; Victoria, Burnaby, Vancouver Airport (Richmond), Kelowna & Kamloops.

Stay local. Stay real.

For more information contact:
John Espley
Business Development Manager (Public Relations)
office: 250-360-1511
cell: 250-213-9605

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