Tue. Aug 16th, 2022

There are no reports of any injuries from the fire that destroyed the building late Wednesday night.

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Firefighters continued early Thursday to put out hot spots from a massive fire at the Value Village store in East Vancouver Wednesday night.

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Brad Hesse, assistant chief of operations at Vancouver Fire and Rescue, said the fire broke out sometime after 10 pm in the 1800 block of East Hastings Street.

Vancouver firefighters fought a stubborn blaze late Wednesday that destroyed the Value Village department store on E. Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC.  By Thursday morning June 30, 2022, they were still pouring water on hot spots.  Photo by Jason Payne / PNG.
Vancouver firefighters fought a stubborn blaze late Wednesday that destroyed the Value Village department store on E. Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC. By Thursday morning June 30, 2022, they were still pouring water on hot spots. Photo by Jason Payne / PNG. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

When firefighters arrived, they saw flames shooting out the windows. Hesse said the building was engulfed in fire and they quickly upgraded it to a three-alarm blaze.

About 47 firefighters worked to put out the fire, which destroyed the building. Vancouver police evacuated two neighboring apartment buildings as a precaution.

Hesse said the fire was contained to just the Value Village building, however one apartment building had a bit of smoke damage. As a result, a few residents were housed elsewhere for the evening.

He said there are no reports of anyone missing and no reports of any injuries. On Thursday morning, fire crews were still spraying water to put out hot spots, he said.

There is no word on a cause and the fire is under investigation.

Vancouver firefighters fought a stubborn blaze late Wednesday that destroyed the Value Village department store on E. Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC.  By Thursday morning, June 30, 2022, they were still pouring water on hot spots.Photo by Jason Payne / PNG.
Vancouver firefighters fought a stubborn blaze late Wednesday that destroyed the Value Village department store on E. Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC. By Thursday morning, June 30, 2022, they were still pouring water on hot spots.Photo by Jason Payne / PNG. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG
Vancouver firefighters fought a stubborn blaze late Wednesday that destroyed the Value Village department store on E. Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC.  By Thursday morning, June 30, 2022, they were still pouring water on hot spots.  Photo by Jason Payne / PNG
Vancouver firefighters fought a stubborn blaze late Wednesday that destroyed the Value Village department store on E. Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC. By Thursday morning, June 30, 2022, they were still pouring water on hot spots. Photo by Jason Payne / PNG Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

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—With files from Tiffany Crawford

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