The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW)’s Emergency Social Service program has registered 29 evacuees from 13 of the 21 units at 8100 Alpine Way following the November 10 fire, while an outpouring of support has come from the community.
As part of Whistler’s emergency response, the residents were given 72 hours in a hotel, as well as vouchers for food and clothing. The community has given an overwhelming response to support the residents. The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is offering free accommodation until December 18 for those displaced, and many community members have shared offers for short and long-term accommodations through Facebook.
Community members have also generously given clothing to the Re-Use-It Centre, hygiene items to Whistler Food Bank, financial donations to a fund arranged by the Community Foundation of Whistler and shared donation ideas and connections through the Facebook page Alpine Fire Recovery and Donations. The Re-Use-It Centre, and the additional collection point at Whistler Conference Centre, have reached capacity and have asked for a pause in donations. Whistler Community Services Society will meet with evacuees Friday to determine any specific outstanding needs, and will share this information with the community.
“The community response to this fire has been wonderful, our community is so generous. Thank you to all the businesses and individuals from throughout the Sea to Sky corridor who have stepped up to support the evacuees from 8100 Alpine Way,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “I’d also like to acknowledge the Whistler Fire Rescue Service team for their thorough response to what was a difficult fire—thankfully no one was hurt.”
Residents displaced by the fire can continue to register with Emergency Social Services by phone at 604-966-4845, but the Meadow Park Sports Centre Reception Centre has been closed.
Whistler Fire Rescue Service responded to the fire mid-morning on November 10 and was on the scene until the morning of November 11. The fire was mainly focused in the roof and attics on the west end of the building closest to Rainbow Drive, but the entire building was evacuated and impacted to some extent. An excavator was used to pull off the roof of some units to allow crews to access the burning fire. An investigation is underway.