Power disconnected to 3,000 following hotel fire

Mitch MacDonald
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Charlottetown fire department

Thousands of Charlottetown residents were left in the dark following a fire Wednesday night at the Hotel on Pownal.

Maritime Electric had to disconnect power to 3,000 customers after the hotel’s main electrical panel was found engulfed in flames.

Fire Chief Randy MacDonald said the department received an automatic alarm from the hotel’s fire system shortly after 9 p.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from the building’s basement, added MacDonald.

“The main electrical panel to the building was on fire,” he said.

Because of the flames on the panel, Maritime Electric was called to the scene to disconnect the power. This meant the entire circuit had to disconnected, leaving many area residents in the dark.

Maritime Electric later isolated the hotel and restored power to other customers in the area.

A section of Pownal Street was blocked off by the fire department during the incident.

The building was occupied at the time of the fire starting, although no one was injured.

There was also no structural damage, except for damage to the electrical panel itself, added MacDonald.

“There is smoke damage to the lower level,” he added. “Right now, firefighters are ventilating the lower level.”

Patrons of the hotel were relocated.

The Hotel on Pownal, located at 146 Pownal Street and formerly known as the Islander Motor Lodge, is owned by Murphy Investment Group.

The Guardian was unable to contact a hotel spokesperson last night.

Organizations: Maritime Electric, Islander Motor Lodge, Murphy Investment Group

Geographic location: Pownal Street, Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • Joe Doe
    December 13, 2012 - 12:52

    Why and hell didn't they just disconnect the hotel.................

    • Piet Hein
      December 13, 2012 - 16:09

      Joe, Doe, If you had read and understood the story you would know that is exactly what they did.

  • dejavous
    December 12, 2012 - 22:34

    2 Words. The Barn

    • Waitforit
      December 13, 2012 - 17:56

      DEJAVU (VOUS) You don't suppose?? Nah! would never happen! Yeah right!!

    • Waitforit
      December 13, 2012 - 18:01

      I have one question to the idiots in power. How can it be possible to collect MORE than 60 weeks of benefits over the past 5 years?