BRITISH COLUMBIA

Early morning fire rips through hotel and pub on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast

09/30/2013 12:22 EDT | Updated 11/30/2013 05:12 EST
PENDER HARBOUR, B.C. - An early morning fire has damaged a hotel and pub on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast, north of Vancouver.

Flames broke out at about 7 a.m. at the Pender Harbour Hotel and Grasshopper Pub, in the 12600 block of Highway 101 at Madiera Park.

Witnesses estimate at least half the building has been damaged but it's believed no one is hurt.

Fire crews from nearby Pender Harbour and from Sechelt, 32 kilometres south, battled the blaze, which cut travel on Highway 101 for more than an hour.

By 9 a.m. some traffic was being allowed past the scene.

A cause of the fire has not been determined. (CKAY)