Const. Matt Rutherford says in a statement that officers obtained a warrant on Monday to search the downtown Victoria property.
Victoria police investigating suspicious fire at former Plaza Hotel
He says police and fire investigators expected to remain at the scene for up to a few weeks as they try to confirm what caused the blaze.
Mike Draeger, caretaker of the long-vacant hotel, has not been seen since the fire and police said last week that he was known to stay in the building.
Clouds of choking smoke blanketed much of the downtown core at the height of the blaze, which flared up again several times, forcing the closure of Victoria City Hall and causing smoke and water damage to surrounding businesses.
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Victoria police detectives have joined fire investigators in probing a suspicious blaze that gutted the former Plaza Hotel last week.
VicPD Major Crime Unit detectives are working on the case, said spokesman Const. Matt Rutherford, in a news release this morning.
Police say they have been working closely with the fire department since the fire broke out at 603 Pandora Ave. on May 6.
Officers with the Victoria Police Department applied for and were granted a search warrant for the property yesterday afternoon, Rutherford said.
Our investigators, along with the Victoria Fire Departments investigators, were on the site yesterday, and will be there for up to a few weeks.
These type of investigations are lengthy and an appropriate amount of resources will be dedicated to investigate the origin of the fire, Rutherford said.
Meanwhile, the Victoria Fire Department is carrying on with its investigation into a fire that occurred over the weekend in a former nightclub on the 1300-block of Broad Street.