Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Historic Hotel in Banff, Alta., to Reopen after Devastating Fire Last Year

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Historic Hotel in Banff, Alta., to Reopen after Devastating Fire Last Year

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Historic hotel in Banff, Alta., to rebuild

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BANFF, Alta. - Brewster Travel Canada has unveiled its renovation plans for a fire-ravaged hotel that has been a fixture along the main street in the resort town of Banff, Alta., for more than a century.

The Mount Royal Hotel suffered extensive damage during a fire in late December 2016 that was ignited by a propane torch placed near combustible material on the hotel's roof.

Stuart Back, the company's vice-president of operations, was among the first to arrive at the scene in the early morning hours of Dec. 29, 2016, as he's also a member of Banff's volunteer fire department.

Back told CTV Calgary the hotel was undergoing renovations at the time of the fire and he watched as a recent remodelling effort was undone in moments. …

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