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Vancouver Fire says smoking caused the city's first fatal fire of 2020

Last Updated Feb 20, 2020 at 12:01 pm PDT

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

A 55-year-old man has died after a fire broke out on Sunday

The man with mobility issues was found inside the home when firefighters arrived

He had been badly burned and was taken to the hospital, but died of his injuries

VANCOUVER – A man with mobility challenges has died after he was trapped in his burning home in Vancouver last weekend.

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services says in a statement that the fire broke out Sunday evening in a home on the city’s west side.

Crews found the 55-year-old victim in the home as they arrived.

He had been badly burned and was rushed to hospital but the statement says he did not survive.

Investigators say the fire was caused by smoking materials.

The man’s death marks the first fatal fire in Vancouver in 2020.