October 21, 2010 – The West Hotel, which is on fire this morning, was recently acquired by the City for nonpayment of taxes and was vested on Sept. 9, 2010.
The West and the building next door – the Army Navy Air Force Veterans Hall, another recent City acquisition – are both vacant buildings slated for demolition, starting next week. The contract has just been awarded to Taranis Contracting Group.
The demolitions are part of a strategic initiative to improve the appearance of neglected properties.
The building was under security watch. The cause of the fire is unknown.
More information specific to the fire will be issued by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue as appropriate.
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Contact: For property matters, Eileen Lacey, Manager – Realty Services, 625-2545
For fire matters, John Hay, Fire Chief, 625-2101