Westin Nova Scotian lends a hand in South Street Fire
HALIFAX, NS – The Westin Nova Scotian created an emergency relief centre and offered complimentary short-term accommodations and meals to individuals displaced from a devastating fire on the corner of Hollis and South Streets in Halifax on Tuesday, January 13.
Displaced people from the building registered with the Red Cross and were guests of the Westin Tuesday night.
“Today was quite a day indeed,” Glenn Bowie, area director of sales and marketing at New Castle Hotels & Resorts, told CLN the day of the fire.
“At approximately 9:00 am we spoke with the fire department and the Red Cross, who had the displaced residents corralled in a city bus. We invited them all in (after our hotel power came back on approximately 10 minutes later) and set up a meeting room for comfort. Soon we had approximately 30 people in the hotel discussing the ordeal and calling loved ones. Throughout the day we fed the group (and Red Cross, city officials, etc.) three meals and lots of coffee.
“At last count, we had 15 guestrooms for our neighbours, which included several very lucky dogs and cats.”
The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax
The fire, caused by faulty electrical wiring, damaged 18 apartments and three restaurants in a 130-year-old building. Although people were forced out of their homes, there were no injuries and no fatalities.
The three affected restaurants are Café Chianti, Taj Mahal and Tomasino’s Cellar Ristorante. Cafe Chianti sustained smoke and fire damage, while the other restaurants had smoke and water damage.
Deep in the heart of downtown Halifax, the 310-room AAA Four Diamond Westin Nova Scotian, owned and operated by New Castle Hotels & Resorts, offers first-class accommodations in elegant and historic surroundings overlooking Halifax harbour.
The hotel has achieved a 4 leaf rating (out of 5) from the Audubon Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program.
New Castle Hotels and Resorts, owns and/or manages 30 resorts and hotels in the U.S. and Canada.