VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Seven people have been displaced, one taken to hospital after a fire at a Cambie Street duplex Tuesday afternoon.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue was called to the scene near Cambie Street and 37th Avenue around 3:20 p.m.
“Fortunately all the occupants were out at the time of arrival but one suffered injuries that required treatment and transport to hospital,” says Capt. Jonathan Gormick. “This was a stubborn fire that took our crews the better part of an hour to get control of.”
The road was been closed between 33rd and 41st Avenues for about two hours while crews worked to contain the fire.
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“It was an amazing save by the initial arriving crews to keep it from spreading to either the neighbouring houses or causing more damage to the side of the duplex that was not the side of origin,” Gormick says.
The fire happened after the worst of Tuesday’s snowfall had passed, meaning road conditions were relatively good.
The snow that had stuck to the ground did pose some challenges.
“It just makes things really slippery and can cover up hazards on the ground like little holes or anything that could cause slips, trips or falls,” he explains. “Our crews have a little extra careful when conditions are like this.”
The cause is still under investigation and Vancouver Fire and Rescue could not speak to the condition of the injured person.