iNews understands that a call was made to the New Amsterdam Fire Station after persons in the vicinity of La Chateau Van Fago Hotel saw flames and smoke emanating from the top floor of the hotel.
Firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after and immediately worked to put out the fire which started sometime around 20:00 hrs. Even though the building was saved from massive damage, firefighters were challenged to source water from hydrants that were located nearby.
They had to source water from a trench, which is located 200 meters away but they were later able to access water from the hydrants after the Guyana Water Inc increased the water pressure, which made it possible for them to reach the top floor of the building.
The GuySuCo, Rose Hall Estate fire attendants also arrived at the scene and gave support. Meanwhile, the origin of the fire remains unknown but it is suspected to be electrical in nature. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire.
iNews understands that the hotel was not occupied at the time of the fire and according to reports, the building has been closed for approximately two weeks. The owner, Suzan James, who is an overseas based Guyanese, had returned overseas after seeing a decline in business.