Fire crews attended an early-morning blaze at Parksville’s Rod & Gun Bar and Grill on Saturday, April 18. (PFD photo)

Early-morning blaze breaks out at historic Vancouver Island pub

Crews quickly contain fire at Parksville’s Rod & Gun

Firefighters quickly dealt with a blaze at Parksville’s historic Rod & Gun Bar and Grill early Saturday (April 18), according Parksville Fire Department officials.

The department attended to the fire at approximately 4 a.m. and managed to get the fire under control “prior to it getting too far into the structure.”

Marc Norris, fire chief at both the Parksville and Qualicum Beach Fire Departments, said the damage mostly took place on the first floor on the corner adjacent to Alberni Highway and Hirst Avenue. There was also damage to electrical systems.

Norris said Saturday afternoon fire investigators had yet to return to the scene and no further information was available regarding the cause of the blaze.

READ MORE: Early-morning brush fire breaks out at Parksville wetlands

The 122-year-old Rod & Gun is currently closed due to COVID-19 concerns and no one was in the building during the time of the fire. Norris said he’s glad they were able to contain the blaze so quickly, with help from both the Qualicum Beach and Errington fire departments, especially because it’s a heritage building.

“Being it’s such an old building, if it had been any farther along it could have been a very difficult fire,” he said. “I think the issue in buildings like that, is the building construction was different back then and also there’s renovations on top of renovations on top of renovations, which means there’s a lot of concealed spaces… fire gets into those spaces they’re difficult to find and get into.”

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Parksvillequalicum beach

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

A police vehicle near a taped-off Rod & Gun Bar and Grill in Parksville on Saturday, April 18. Fire crews were called in to deal with a blaze earlier in the morning. (Peter McCully/PQB News)

Just Posted

Sointula elementary school gets funding for new playground

Funding for the new playground comes from the provincial government’s Playground Equipment Program.

Facey nominated as BC Liberal candidate for the North Island riding

Liberal candidate Norm Facey has a background in forestry and manufacturing.

Some north Island forest service roads to get a minor facelift with COVID-19 recovery funding

Side Bay access road no longer ‘up in the bureaucratic air’ thanks to temporary budget increase

Port Hardy’s top cop says goodbye, last day will be Oct. 30

‘I want to pause, reflect, and give thanks for my experiences and time given here’

Cops for Cancer: COVID-19 can’t stop Tour de Rock

‘having the chance to come back and ride this year means everything to me’

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

Vancouver Island Tour de Rock riders roll into Parksville Qualicum Beach

Saturday’s schedule includes Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino, followed by Nanaimo on Sunday

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Money laundering inquiry delayed over of B.C. election: commissioner

Austin Cullen says the hearings will start again on Oct. 26

Most Read