Chateau Residents Off the Buses
Prince George, B.C.- About 150 residents of the Prince George Chateau retirement complex off Tabor Boulevard in Prince George, are being moved back into the building which was the scene of a small fire this morning.
Brad Beckett, Deputy Director of the City of Prince George’s Evacuation Support Program says the residents who were moved to the buses this morning are being moved to the dining room of the complex “That is the safest place for them right now, they have access to food and their meds.”
Beckett says the Prince George Fire Rescue department along with Northern Health are assessing the building for CO2 levels . He says that evaluation should be complete within the next few hours. Because the building was not at full occupancy, it is possible some of the displaced residents could find accommodation in one of the vacant units once beds have been added to the units.
Beckett says if some residents are not able to return to their suites because of smoke or CO2 levels, the City would then follow its normal protocols and put those residents up in a hotel for 72 hours.
“We did have a secondary site to move these people too if it was needed” says Beckett, “But we decided to hold off, and I think we made the right decision.”
Three people had been taken to hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation following the fire which broke out in a suite in the west wing of the complex.
Fire Fighters from all four firehalls in Prince George, BC Ambulance and the RCMP responded to the fire that was reported around 9:45 this morning.
The facility’s sprinkler system was activated in the suite where the fire started, and doused the flames.