UPDATE: Fire destroys Chilliwack restaurant

Popular Banners Restaurant goes up in flames Sunday morning.

  • Jun. 24, 2018 8:30 a.m.

Flames engulfed a popular downtown restaurant in Chilliwack Sunday morning.

The fire broke out around 8 a.m. at Banners Restaurant, just as people were gathering downtown for the annual Village Classic car show.

The restaurant had just opened for business when the fire broke out, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Bourdon. “Employees of the business tried to extinguish the fire,” he said, “however, the fire quickly got out of control so the employees made the right decision to exit the restaurant and wait for fire crews to arrive.”

When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was venting from the restaurant. They entered the burning building and quickly located the fire in the kitchen area. But the blaze had spread above their heads to the ceiling area.

The firefighters retreated and went on the defensive, working to prevent the fire from spreading to the other businesses in the strip mall the restaurant is attached to.

That effort won praise from the manager of one of those businesses. Wrote Charm Allanson: “I manage Cascade Vitamins, two doors down and want to say a BIG thank you to all the firefighters who went above and beyond to help us all today!”

The restaurant was completely destroyed. An excavator was later brought in to knock down the remaining walls for safety. Adjoining units suffered extensive smoke and water damage.

Bourdon said the cause of the fire appeared to be accidental. One witness said it may have been a grease fire that spread to the kitchen vents.

Fire crews from all six Chilliwack fire halls were called into action.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

Watch theprogress.com for more information as it becomes available.

 

Just Posted

Philomusica Chorus presents lively concert A Calypso Christmas

Caribbean-themed Christmas concert set for Dec. 2 in Chilliwack

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival explodes in popularity, draws thousands to Mission, Harrison Mills

Weather, news, social media contribute to high turnout, says president

Two years jail for Chilliwack man caught with six handguns threaded for silencers

Judge rules guns found by Conservation Officer search were to be distributed for a criminal purpose

Wide variety of art for sale at Art from the Heart show

Student art show runs Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Murder victim Jagvir Malhi was not involved in gangs, says IHIT

Investigators say Abbotsford man was ‘associated to those involved’ in conflict

VIDEO: E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickens 18 people in Ontario, Quebec

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s working with U.S. authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.

B.C. sees biggest spike in homicides across Canada, at 34%

Much of the killing was attributed to gang violence, according to Statistics Canada

Sea lion tangled in rope on Vancouver Island

Marine debris is a ‘significant problem’ for marine wildlife

Postal strike affects charities at critical fundraising time

Canadian fundraising professionals and charities join call for fast resolution

$90,000 pen from space created by B.C man

The Space pen is made from a meteorite

B.C. woman fined $2,300 for clocking 215 km/hr in Alberta

It’s the highest fine Alberta police have issued

Police renew call to ID suspect who pushed Surrey man into traffic near PNE

VPD haven’t received enough tips in the months since

5 to start your day

Police try to thwart retaliation after Hells Angels member killed, criminal investigation at B.C. legislature and more

Watchdog calls for probe into police board spending on former Victoria police chief

Police Complaint Commissioner says accountable and transparent review is in public interest

Most Read