April 19, 2024


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Dennis Guay identified as 2nd victim in Gastown hotel fire

Vancouver police have confirmed the identification of the second person who died in a hearth at a Gastown hotel in April as 53-yr-old Dennis Guay.

Police also confirmed Mary Ann Garlow, 68, who was discovered before by her household, as a further target of the fireplace. 

The April 11 fire that destroyed a lot of the Winters Hotel on Abbott Avenue displaced additional than 70 people living in single-place occupancy (SRO) housing on the upper flooring of the resort.

5 individuals were taken to medical center. 

Vancouver Fireplace and Rescue Products and services explained the adhering to week that two bodies experienced been found during the hotel’s demolition.

Dennis Guay with his sister and two of her children (Photograph submitted by Nicole Mucci)

‘We enjoy him dearly’

Dennis Guay was initially noted lacking April 26, much more than two months following the fire.

On Wednesday his spouse and children introduced a statement about him, saying he grew up in Dawson Creek, had a appreciate for outside functions, together with biking, driving motorcross, snowboarding, fishing, and tenting.

“Dennis always observed the fantastic in other individuals. He was sweet and form in character and had a smile for all people. He was pretty comfortable spoken,” mentioned the statement.

Guay’s family explained he studied piano with the Royal Conservatory of Tunes for various a long time, and that music was his genuine enthusiasm, despite suffering from listening to loss. He also taught himself to enjoy guitar.

Guay, who taught himself how to perform the guitar, cherished to spend hrs participating in all varieties of songs, which includes classic rock. (Image submitted by Nicole Mucci)

“We adore him dearly and he will be eternally skipped,” said his loved ones. 

According to his family, Guay graduated from BCIT, and he was incredibly proficient in his area of mapping and mechanical design. 

Guay’s relatives thanked Vancouver police and Dawson Creek RCMP for their efforts in trying to identify Dennis. They also thanked Vancouver’s Union Gospel Mission for supporting Guay above the a long time.

Still they have concerns above how the tragedy occurred and its aftermath.

“For the sake of other individuals, modifications need to have to be made. Everyone requires and warrants to be safe and accounted for in the course of emergencies. We. . . hope to see solutions.”

Officials claimed the fire was started off unintentionally by unattended candles in a 2nd-flooring suite. They also said the sprinkler method in the Winters Resort was shut down and waiting to be serviced on April 11 because of to a further fire in the setting up a several days before.