UPDATES: Fire at Former Plaza Hotel

UPDATE: Thursday, May 9 at 10:35am

The west sidewalk on Government Street, between Johnson Street and Pandora Avenue, is now open to pedestrians. Fire and Engineering crews continue their work at the site.

City Hall's Public Service Centre, Development Services, and Permits and Inspections counters are OPEN TODAY (May 9).

The May 9 Committee of the Whole (9 a.m.) and Council Meetings (6:30 p.m.) will be held at the CRD building in the 6th floor Boardroom at 625 Fisgard Street. Watch the webcasts live.

City Hall will fully re-open on Friday, May 10.

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 8 at 7:40pm

City Hall's Public Service Centre, Development Services and Permits and Inspections counters will be reopen Thursday, May 9 at 8am.  

Council and Committee of the Whole meetings will be held at the CRD Building, 6th Floor, 625 Fisgard Street., Thursday, May 9.

City Hall will fully reopen Friday, May 10.

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 7 at 5:45pm

Although contained, the fire at the former Plaza Hotel is still burning. An additional excavator has been brought in to assist in fire suppression and the public is advised to avoid the area.

Government Street between Johnson and Pandora remains closed until further notice. Please use alternate routes.

City Hall will remain closed May 8 for smoke remediation. Please visit the City's online services page for online business.

The Council meeting and Committee of the Whole meeting will be moved to the CRD 6th floor Boardroom, 625 Fisgard for May 9. The webcast will continue. Free childminding will be postponed until the May 23 Council meeting.

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 7 at 10:45am

Please note that Pandora Avenue is now open.

Government Street from Pandora Avenue to Fisgard Street is open. Cars can turn right from Government Street onto Pandora Avenue.

Government Street between Johnson Street and Pandora Avenue remains closed until further notice. Please use alternate routes.

City Hall remains closed today.

 

UPDATE: Monday, May 6 at 9:15pm

After a very well-coordinated response, Victoria Fire crews have successfully extinguished all major hot spots and the fire at the corner of Pandora Avenue and Government Street is no longer a threat to neighbouring structures. Crews will remain on scene overnight to monitor and ensure no active fire.

Pandora Avenue (west of Douglas Street) and Government Street between Johnson Street and Fisgard Street remain closed until further notice. Be advised to plan alternate routes.

Due to poor air quality, City Hall will be closed for business tomorrow. Visit the City's online services page for online business.

 

UPDATE: Monday, May 6 at 3:45pm

Excavators are beginning a controlled demolition of parts of the building to assist with putting out the fire.

Centennial Square is closed due to poor air quality.

Centennial Square Parkade remains open.
 
Government Street is closed between Johnson and Fisgard Streets. Pandora Avenue from Douglas to Government Streets will remain closed until further notice. Please use alternate routes.

 

UPDATE: Monday, May 6 at 11:45am

Due to the fire, the following BC Transit routes are on detour until further notice: 10, 14, 15, 24, 25. Learn more.

 

UPDATE: Monday, May 6 at 9:50am

Due to poor air quality and lack of access as roads are closed due to the fire at the Plaza Hotel (Government and Pandora) Victoria City Hall is CLOSED for the day.

Please continue to avoid the area and stay tuned for updates.

 

Monday, May 6 at 8:25am

The Victoria Fire Department is working to extinguish a major structural fire at the Plaza Hotel at Government and Pandora.

Crews are working to protect the adjoining structure at 1411 Government Street.

Surrounding roads are closed. Please avoid coming downtown, if possible.

The Johnson Street Bridge is congested. Please Take Bay St Bridge.

The air quality downtown is poor at this time. Please stay a safe distance away.