Saturday, January 30, 2010

Moncton's Château à Pape Restaurant destroyed by fire

The Château à Pape Restaurant at the bottom of Steadman Street in Moncton was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 30, 2010.

Photos: Click on the above photo for a large high-res version. Click here for some excellent photos by Brian Branch. Click here for Doug Hamer's photos on Facebook (account required).

This short video below was taken at around noon today and shows smoke still billowing out of the windows. Sad to lose a piece of heritage like this. (Apologies for lighting. The sun was shining directly into the camera and police tape wouldn't allow me to take the video from another angle.)

Here is a more comprehensive video of the aftermath made by Newschaser:

As you can see, the building is obviously a total loss.

Courtesy of YouTube's ThePoliceChaser, here's some amazing footage of the fire itself:

ThePoliceChaser went back out at 5 p.m. today to check the scene. Firefighters were back to put out some hotspots. You can see the inside of the what remains of the building glowing from the wind gusts.

Click here for a CBC NB news story posted earlier today.

This is certainly a difficult day for the owners, staff and patrons of one of Moncton's best restaurants.

Update -- Sunday, January 31, 2010:

Rogers News919 in Moncton linked to my YouTube video in their story on the incident. Thanks, Rogers!

Update -- Monday, February 1, 2010:

Click here for coverage from the Moncton Times & Transcript.


Charles LeBlanc said...

The Police said what???

Start wearing a blogger jacket!!


Brian Cormier said...

The police didn't say anything. There was yellow police tape around the site and I stayed behind it.