Vintage Edmonton: The Fairview Hotel Fire (December 29, 1947)

The former address of the Fairview Hotel, 7702 118 Avenue:

When I first started to do the research that eventually became Vintage Edmonton, I ran across this story from December 30, 1947 of a fire at The Fairview Hotel the previous day. Located at 7702 118th Ave with 48 rooms and 4 suites, it was both a hotel and long stay residence for workers at the nearby packing plants for the working-class clientele of the surrounding neighbourhoods:.






It drew a few stories in the Journal and Bulletin over the years, especially when death called:


And in 1932 (yes, this will be a post for Vintage Edmonton shortly):

The fire at The Fairview Hotel on Monday, December 29, 1947 was a total loss and devastating to residents and guests, who lost everything fleeing for their lives. The Journal covered the story comprehensively:

The Bulletin also covered the blaze:

The unnamed Bulletin reporter at the scene did a brilliant job of the stories behind the story as the blaze destroyed the hotel:

A big thank you to the Edmonton City Archives for these incredible photos from the Bulletin Fonds of the fire: