Jul 3, 2012 / 3:54 pm
Despite a fire that forced evacuation of hundreds of guests early Saturday morning, it's business as usual at the Coast Capri Hotel.
Hotel General Manager, Gavin Parry, says only those guests in 33 or 34 rooms in the hotel's tower had to be relocated as a result of the fire.
"It certainly was tough (relocating guests on the long weekend) but our hotel community is a strong one and we all came together," says Parry.
"Our wing which represents a majority of our rooms was still open. I have 137 rooms in inventory that are up and I have 48 that are off line at this stage of the game."
Parry says he hopes to have 20 of those rooms back up and running by Thursday.
A wedding planned for the hotel's ballroom Saturday evening went ahead as planned.
Aside from the tower, the remainder of the hotel remains open.
Parry says there was some water and smoke damage.
"It was in a section of the hotel that was segregated from any of our guest floors. Smoke got into our guest floors but the actual fire itself was contained in a storage area and in an elevator mechanical area."
Parry estimated damage to be over $100,000.
RCMP Cst. Kris Clark, says police and fire investigators are continuing to look for the cause of the fire.
While it remains classified as suspicious, Clark says they won't officially determine it arson until the investigation has concluded.
It was reported to Castanet a suspect might have been seen lighting the fire.
One firefighter was injured as a result of the fire, receiving 2nd degree burns to the hands. He was treated at hospital and released.
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