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Fire ravages downtown businesses

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a cluster of businesses downtown on Third Avenue at approximately 9:45 p.m. Wednesday night.

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a cluster of businesses downtown on Third Avenue at approximately 9:45 p.m. Wednesday night.

Investigators are still working to discover the cause of a Wednesday night fire that destroyed two downtown businesses.


Prince George Fire Rescue crews from all four halls responded to the 1200 block of Third Avenue at around 9:45 p.m. where heavy smoke and flames were coming from the back of the structure, affecting fashion and home decor store Homework, the former Flip Side secondhand store and Nancy O’s restaurant.
According to a press release from assistant chief John Law, firefighting was “hampered by the close proximity of neighbouring buildings and the intensity of the blaze.”


It took two hours for the fire to be put out and when the smoke cleared, the buildings housing Homework and Flip Side, which Nancy O’s proprietors have said they were turning into a new restaurant, were destroyed.


Homework co-owners Anthony Voitik and Louise Fonda moved their business from its former home on the corner of Third Avenue and Quebec Street to the new location barely two months ago.


There were no injuries reported, with Nancy O’s – which was occupied at the time of the blaze – safely evacuated.


Nancy O’s staff were back inside the restaurant Thursday afternoon to begin clean up.


According to a post on their Facebook page, the business may reopen next week.


No estimated dollar loss has been determined.