Ice Hotels Can Burn?


It has become popular over the last twenty years or so to, when weather conditions permit, create ice hotels. Indeed a real inn made out of carved ice. Several years ago we visited one here in Montreal. It had several rooms that are available for rent, just like a hotel. I understand access to the rooms is limited until closing time, as the rooms are on display.

There was a restaurant that, like the rooms, was booked for the entire period. No room at the ice inn. There was also a chapel in which you could arrange to be married. While meandering through the edifice I was taken not just by the lovely ice sculpture, but by the presence of a fire extinguisher.  Being a public building this was mandatory. I thought it odd until this week when I read that the Quebec City Ice Hotel had to be temporarily closed after a fire! In fact, three guests had to be hospitalised.

How can a structure that is made of frozen water catch fire? Would it not just put itself out? When the firefighters sprayed water on it did they add an upper storey? Perhaps a guest house.

As someone who likes to look out at winter from the warmth, my chances of staying overnight in an ice box were severely slim, now that I know they can catch fire I think it safe to say it’s not on my bucket list at all!

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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