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Vancouver firefighters battle two residential building blazes

Vancouver firefighters were stretched Thursday night, as they attended to two residential building fires simultaneously.

At 9:27 p.m. a call came in about a working fire that started in the kitchen of a top-floor suite of a two-storey walk-up apartment building on Granville Street at West 70th Avenue.

Assistant Fire Chief Ken Gemmill tells Global News fire crews arrived to find flames leaping out of a top floor window and the building’s roof.

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Crews soon brought the fire under control, with fire damage limited to the single suite.

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Two occupants of that suite were sent to hospital for treatment, one for 2nd-degree burns and the other for smoke inhalation.

Vancouver fire crews and emergency services converge on Granville Street near West 70th Avenue to deal with a fire in a top floor suite of a residential building Thursday night.
Vancouver fire crews and emergency services converge on Granville Street near West 70th Avenue to deal with a fire in a top floor suite of a residential building Thursday night. Aroya

The building’s other eight suites all suffered smoke and water damage, resulting in the building’s 25 occupants all being displaced.

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Minutes after that first fire call came in, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services received word of another  fire at the former Biltmore Hotel, now a social housing building, at 395 Kingsway near Prince Edward Street.

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The fire apparently started in a sixth-floor suite of the hotel.

Fire damage to the suite was minimal, but the rest of the building took on a lot of water and smoke damage, displacing the hotel’s 20 occupants.

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In all, some 45 Vancouver residents are out of their homes because of these two fires.

The city’s Emergency Support Services is working with those residents to find them suitable accommodation.

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