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Fire closes popular Port Moody waterfront restaurant

It took firefighters about an hour to knock down the early morning fire.
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Port Moody firefighters mop up after a kitchen fire at The Boathouse restaurant last Thursday.

Port Moody’s Boathouse restaurant is closed for the next several weeks after a kitchen fire early last Thursday (May 26).

Darcey O’Riordan, chief of Port Moody Fire Rescue, said 12 firefighters and three trucks responded to a call at the popular waterfront dining establishment at Rocky Point Park at 5:42 a.m.

A second alarm was also activated at 6:04 a.m. with another 22 firefighters on standby.

O’Riordan said it took crews about an hour to extinguish the blaze.

They then spent another three hours removing drywall to ensure the fire was completely out, as well as draining water from inside the building to limit property damage.

The Tri-City News has reached out to the Boathouse to confirm how the fire has affected its operations at the Port Moody restaurant, which is one of four in Metro Vancouver.

The chain’s online reservation system is not taking bookings in Port Moody before July 1.

O’Riordan said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.