A large apartment fire broke out in downtown Port Coquitram late Saturday, causing great damage. , Dozens of residents have been evacuated.
One resident had to be treated for burns and firefighters had to take care of smoke inhalation, PoCo Mayor Brad West said.
2245 The fire at Wilson Ave. was subsequently extinguished, and investigators are trying to determine how it began, the city of Portcoquitram said in a statement.
People evacuated from the fire are taken to the PoCo Community Center for emergency assistance services. Unaffected people are encouraged to register with the Community Center near Wilson Avenue.
Road closures continue to be valid on Sundays, with Wilson closed between Donald Street and Maryhill. McAllister and Laneway will resume later this afternoon.
"Engineers evaluate the structure to determine if they can enter safely," the city said in a Twitter update. “RCMP will work with residents to provide access to accessible and secure areas to collect necessary belongings.”
West provides support and donations. He said he received many messages from "kind and generous PoCo residents". He said the city will provide up-to-date information on how to help, saying that while the urgent needs of apartment residents have been met, "more people will definitely need help to recover."
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