Residents displaced after apartment fire in Vancouvers West End – CBC.ca

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West End apartment building catches fire, flames extinguished
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.

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

Flames rip through 15th floor of West End apartment, cause under investigation

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.

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

Vancouver Fire estimates around 10 people on the floor affected by smoke damage have been displaced.

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

Vancouver firefighters are being credited for their quick work in putting out a dramatic fire in the West End on Sunday

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

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — It was a dramatic scene in the West End of Vancouver on Sunday afternoon as thick black smoke took over the skyline when an apartment building went up in flames.

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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.

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

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.

There have been no recorded injuries at this point in time and the cause of the fire is now under investigation.

“(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.

Possibly ten suites were damaged, and it’s unclear how many people were in the building at the time.

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.

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