Historic hotel fires

The old Keremeos Hotel is the latest historic hotel to be destroyed by fire in the Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Here is a timeline looking at dates when it and others burned, and background on these disappearing landmarks.

Keremeos Hotel: Believed to be built in Keremeos in 1907 by George Kirby, in anticipation of the railway going through. Later known as the Keremeos Motor Inn. Most recently housed the Red Bridge Pub, 7th Street Diner and a liquor store. Destroyed by fire on July 14, 2014.

Grand Forks Hotel: This heritage landmark hotel, built in 1909, was destroyed by fire on March 7, 2012. The man charged with arson in connection with this fire and a second hotel fire was found guilty in May of 2014.

BC Hotel: This Penticton hotel was built in 1905 and is believed to have had a bordello on the top floor at one time. It was later known as the Valley Motor Inn. Slack Alice's Show Pub opened at the location in 1982, and thousands of exotic dancers performed there over the years. Slack Alice's, along with the Chinese Laundry restaurant and Bubblee's Beer and Wine Store, was destroyed by a fire on Feb. 5, 2012.

Beaverdell Hotel: The old wood frame structure, built in 1901, burned to the ground in late March, 2011.The fire was deemed to be suspicious in nature.

Princeton Hotel: The historic hotel in Princeton was destroyed by fire on April 8, 2006.

Three Gables Hotel: This Penticton landmark hotel was destroyed by fire on Feb. 29, 2000. The rear wing survived, and people resided there until recently, when they were ordered to leave due to fire risk.


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