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Small fire breaks out in Vancouver

Crews at the scene of Cambie St. and 13th Ave. to put out a fire on Aug. 2, 2018. (Hana Mae Nassar, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Investigation underway after a small fire broke out at a Vancouver building

Two dozen firefighters respond to small Vancouver fire

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver Fire crews were quick to douse the flames of a small fire that broke out at Cambie Street and W. 13th Avenue just before 9 a.m.

When firefighters got to the scene they say there was thick, heavy smoke coming from the third floor windows of a building, but they were able to contain the flames and knock down the fire.

“Crews are checking for extension, but they have confirmed there is no one in that suite or no one left on the second or third floors. We’re… ventilating the building,” explains Vancouver Fire Captain Jonathan Gormick.

Two dozen firefighters were called out and Gormick adds it’s pretty common to see such a large response and he explains why.

“I think anywhere in Vancouver there’s a huge concern because we’re so densified. The risk of [a fire] spreading to neighbouring buildings is always present and that’s why we’re quick to bring a lot of assets on scene to contain fires quickly and stop them from spreading just because everywhere is so close to another building.”

Traffic in the area was tied up temporarily, but things have since returned to normal.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.