Victoria Police says major crime detectives are investigating a suspicious fire at the more than century old Plaza Hotel last week, and the building’s caretaker is still missing.
VicPD said in a release Tuesday morning a search warrant for the property was granted Monday afternoon and police and Victoria fire investigators will be on the site for up to a few weeks.
Police say the building’s caretaker, Mike Drager, is still unaccounted for.
The fire at 603 Pandora Avenue started early on the morning of May 6 as crews were alerted only after the alarm went off from a neighbouring building.
By the time crews arrived, the fire in the basement was significant and accelerating quickly.
The cause of the fire is not known and fire investigators, armed with cameras and assisted by heavy equipment, have started to dig through the rubble.
Victoria fire is also investigating a fire that caused extensive damage to a building in the 1300-block of Broad Street Saturday morning.
Police says so far, there is no indication the two fires are connected.