A morning fire that broke out in the lobby elevator at Vancouver House is being treated as suspicious.
The fire broke out Friday morning. Vancouver Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) says they reported a fire on the “ground floor of the building directly next to London Drugs.”
“The fire started in the elevator lobby,” said Trevor Connelly, VFRS assistant fire chief for the Daily Hive. “There is a kind of decorative artwork that surrounded the door to the elevator and that the decorative artwork was on fire.”
Connelly says the fire was pretty big. Fortunately, the newer building had two sprinkler heads that activated and were able to control the fire.
Smoke ran up through the ventilation and went out through the roof, causing the building’s occupants to evacuate.
“It took some time to confirm that the fire had not actually spread and that it was only the smoke that traveled through,” Connelly adds. “Due to the fact that the fire was on the ground floor and smoke appeared through the roof level, the crew made it to another alarm fire of an abundance of caution.”
Fortunately, no injuries have been reported so far. The fire is also being treated as suspicious and is being investigated by VFRS.