Devastating blaze in Prince Rupert Downtown core leaves many members without homes and businesses

Divya Gill

A major fire in the heart of Prince Rupert's downtown core last night a few business owners with out their shops and families without a home. 
Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after 9PM in the 600 block of Second Avenue West.
VIA their Facebook Page; they wrote "Major fire incident still ongoing in the downtown core. Firefighters successfully rescued one victim from the second floor upon initial arrival. All occupants accounted for. 3rd Ave west is closed between 5th and 6th street.  Please avoid the area."
The occupant was sent to local hospital for observation, and no one sustained any injuries.
Deputy Chief Chad Cooper said there was a total of three buildings and 12 suites that were affected by the fire.
Owner of Rainforest Fabrics Sarah Ridgeway- one of the buildings affected posted on Facebook the status of her business during the fire last night.
"Fire downtown right at the corner of where my shop is. Everyone got out thank God, but, now they have the excavator on Second Ave taring down the fence so they can access the flames, so they don’t spread across my roof into the other buildings up the street."
It did take rescue workers until this morning to completely put out the fire.
Leah Thams, a Prince Rupert resident said "the water blasting and moving the building debris went on for a few more hours and by 8am the fire died down."

No word yet on what caused the fire, but Chief Cooper said this does looks to be a complex investigation

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