Hotel fire in Victoria that injured 6 treated as probable arson

Firefighters in Victoria are treating a hotel fire Thursday night that injured six people as a probable arson.

A fire broke out at the Capital City Centre Hotel, at the corner of Douglas and Discovery streets, just before 10 p.m. PT Thursday.

An incident report from the Victoria Fire Department said the fire was “significant” but mostly contained to a single suite.

“The fire was mostly contained to the suite of origin but there was substantial smoke damage to the third and fourth floors,” the report noted.

The fire department has not given any details on the extent of the injuries. People inside the hotel were evacuated.

Grant McKenzie, communications director with the Our Place Society, which supports homeless people, said half of the rooms at the hotel were being used by the society as housing. The other half was occupied by paying guests, he said.

McKenzie said the society has managed rooms at the hotel since Oct. 15. 

“Red Cross arranged for hotel rooms for everyone for 24 hours.” McKenzie wrote in an email. “We are making a plan with B.C. Housing this morning.”

The fire is estimated to have caused about $250,000 of damage to the hotel.

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