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Three dead in ‘suspicious’ fire at Prince George, B.C., hotel

Deadly Prince George motel fire under investigation
Three people have died in what Prince George RCMP are now calling a suspicious fire at a downtown motel.

Three people have died in a fire at a Prince George, B.C., hotel that firefighters are calling suspicious.

Fire crews were called to the Econo Lodge at 910 Victoria St. just after 9 a.m., to find flames and thick smoke pouring from the building.

Three bodies were found in the hotel around 12:30 p.m., police said.

BC Coroners Service spokesperson Andy Watson said coroners were notified of the incident Wednesday afternoon and were in the early stages of investigating.

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“We are investigating to determine who died, and to investigate how, where, when and by what means,” he said.

The Prince George RCMP’s Serious Crime Section is now leading the case.

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At least one person at the scene could be seen receiving medical attention.

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The fire, which badly damaged one wing of the hotel, forced the closure of several streets in downtown Prince George, including a stretch of Highway 16.

No word yet on the cause of the fire.