All but 1 of the residents were found after a fire destroyed a building in Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood

All but one of the residents have been found after a severe fire destroyed much of a historic building in Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood on Monday.

Atira Women’s Resource Society, which manages single room accommodation (SRO) on the upper floors of the Winters Hotel building, said officials hoped to confirm the whereabouts of the last tenant on Tuesday.

“He’s a tenant who’s been away a lot, so hopefully we’ll find that person today,” said Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira.

More than 70 people lost their homes and belongings after fire tore through much of the brick building on Abbott Street near Water Street for hours on Monday. Abbott said some residents have lived in the building for more than 15 years.

“People have lost everything, obviously,” Abbott said.

Five people were taken to hospital, two of them in serious condition and one in stable condition. One of the injured people jumped out of a window to escape the flames, firefighters said.

Others were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

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The heritage building is home to a number of businesses, including The Flying Pig restaurant, Lemongrass House, Nika Design and the Australian Boot Company shoe store.

Abbott said there was a fire in an ORS resident’s bedroom in the building just last Friday that activated the sprinkler system.

“It was tenant-related,” Abbott told CBC The first edition tuesday. “Fires and floods are not particularly unusual in the building, given who we are sheltering.”

Abbott said the building is inspected by the city and fire departments several times a year. She said, to her knowledge, the building was last cleared of violations after the last check around October.

“It was a fairly quiet building and a building in fairly good condition, [but] it was, however, built in 1910 or earlier,” she said.

Vancouver Fire Chief Karen Fry confirmed on Monday that the building had recently been inspected and had a sprinkler system, but she was unsure if the sprinklers were working when the fire started. .

Fire crews are pictured outside the Winters Hotel on Tuesday in Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood. More than 70 people lost their homes after a fire in the building on Monday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

By nightfall on Monday, part of the building’s roof had collapsed and fire crews were working to stop the blaze from spreading to other buildings.

Abbott said residents were dispersed to different shelters across the city, including the Vancouver Japanese Language School, the Woodward Building and the Evelyn Saller Center.

Atira is currently accepting donations for evacuees at 305 Main St. Abbott said the most urgent needs are clean socks and underwear.

“We had a really amazing response from people yesterday in terms of clothing donations, but people are going to need just about anything for basic daily living for the next few moments,” she said. declared.

LISTEN | Atira CEO Janice Abbott discusses Monday’s fire and the building’s history:

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Fire crews are back on scene following a fire in Gastown yesterday. The historic building of the Winters residence caught fire in the late morning. Now the fate of the building – and its former residents is unknown. To learn more, we’re joined by Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Property Management, which managed the building’s accommodations. 5:57