to rebuild Dawson hotel damaged by fire
April 17, 2007
Less than a week after fire damaged Dawson City's
Eldorado Hotel, its owner says he will rebuild and
reopen the hotel.
The April 12 blaze destroyed the two-storey hotel's
second floor and caused substantial damage to the
rest of the building. Fire officials have pinpointed
a frayed lamp cord as the cause of the fire.
"The ground floor has been untouched. The biggest
problem is water damage, and so that means all of
the fireguard drywall on the ceiling all has to come
out. We have to get the electrical people in and the
phone system has to be totally redone," owner
Peter Jenkins said Tuesday.
"There's a lot of work that has to be done,
but first it all has to be looked at by an engineer
to determine if the existing structure is sound, which
I have no doubt that will certainly be the case."
Jenkins told CBC News that the blaze has forced him
to lay off a number of employees, and rebuilding efforts
on the 52-room hotel will take time. He said his other
hotel properties — which were not affected by
the fire — will be open in time for the upcoming
"Currently we have our motel which contains
24 rooms. We also own the Yukon Hotel on Front Street,
where there's six bachelor suites in there,"
"So we're going to hopefully be open very, very
quickly, offering the travelling public the 30 rooms.
And hopefully we'll have phones up and running if
Northwestel is here on time, and I believe the phones
in our office will be in place this Thursday."