3 alarm condo fire in West End fills downtown Vancouver with smoke – Daily Hive

3 alarm condo fire in West End fills downtown Vancouver with smoke - Daily Hive
Flames rip through 15th floor of West End apartment, cause under investigation
Fire crews quickly knocked down a dramatic looking apartment fire in the West End Sunday, according to Vancouver's fire chief.

Thick black smoke and flames could be seen billowing from a balcony late in the afternoon along English Bay's waterfront.

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Fire Chief Darrell Reid said in a tweet that crews responded to a fire on the 15th floor of the building at Pacific Street and Jervis Street and were able to extinguish it without any injuries to firefighters or residents.

“(There were) 50 firefighters. Fire was knocked down and basically contained to the 15th floor. There is water and smoke damage to a few floors in this high rise. No injuries at this time, and we notified emergency social services which are dealing with the tenants that are going to be displaced,” he says.

The fire broke out on the 15th floor of an apartment building on Pacific Street near Jervis Street around 5 p.m.

Morishita says crews did an amazing job, especially as seeing it was on the 15th floor and they didn’t use any ladders — firefighters had to climb all 15 storeys with their hoses to fight the flames.

Fire officials said they recognized the blaze was going to be a challenging one and immediately upgraded it to a three-alarm fire.

"It was bad. There were flames leaping out of the apartment," said Andy Poynter, who lives on the 19th floor.

The 15th floor of the high-rise building on Beach Avenue and Bute Street was burning, and the Vancouver Fire Department upgraded the fire to a third alarm.

A woman who lives next door to where the fire broke out said she heard her neighbours barbecuing shortly before smoke filled her apartment.

Witnesses posted dramatic videos and photos of the fire on social media, with the smoke being seen as far away as West Vancouver and the North Shore.

"Crews were able to quickly knock down the fire with minimal fire damage to the adjoining suites," said acting assistant chief Kane Morishita.

Morishita said the 15th floor sustained major water and smoke damage, while the 16th floor sustained some smoke damage.

No one was injured, he said. Roughly 10 people have been displaced from the building as crews investigate the cause. 

Fire Chief Darrell Reid praised crews for working quickly to extinguish the flames and ensure the fire did not spread to any other floors. 

Photos and video posted to social media show flames and thick black smoke coming from the residential tower.

Avoid Pacific Ave downtown. Fire in apartment building. #vancouver #emergency pic.twitter.com/isUH86qFAg

Vancouver firefighters were deployed to tackle a three-alarm blaze in the city’s West End on Sunday.

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A fire broke out in Vancouvers West End on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Source: Twitter.com/PcOfSht_Doodles