A fire on Thursday night that damaged the top floor of the Islander Hotel in Ladysmith is considered suspicious.

A fire on Thursday night that damaged the top floor of the Islander Hotel in Ladysmith is considered suspicious.

Hotel fire deemed suspicious

The building, which is on 1st Street, has about 10 suites rented out.

  • Oct. 4, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Rick StiebelThe Chronicle

Ladysmith Fire Rescue responded to a suspicious fire at the Islander Hotel on Thursday night.

The call came in at approximately 10:30 p.m., said Ladysmith Fire Rescue Chief Ray Delcourt.

A ladder, two engines and 22 firefighters spent about 90 minutes dealing with the blaze, which came in initially as a fire on the roof.

“It was in the ceiling on the top floor,” Delcourt said. “We had to make sure it didn’t get to the roof trusses.”

Delcourt said the fire is suspicious in nature, and the Ladysmith RCMP confirmed the investigation is ongoing.

The building, which is on First Avenue, has about 10 suites rented out. There were no injuries.

There is an office on the main floor, and the hotel lounge is expected to open following renovations in the next few weeks.