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Fire tears through Vancouver Strathcona home

(Ben Wilson, NEWS 1130 photo)
Summary

A fire started overnight at a house in Vancouver's Strathcona neighbourhood

The three-alarm fire was located near Prior Street and Jackson Avenue

Everyone inside made it out safely but the neighbourhood was filled with smoke for hours as crews worked

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood was engulfed in smoke as crews battled a house fire early Saturday morning.

Crews rushed to the three-alarm fire shortly after midnight near the corner of Prior Street and Jackson Avenue.

Fire Chief Dan Stroup explains they attacked the fire from the outside and the whole building was engulfed.

“I believe that building will be a total loss. I don’t have any idea where it started. We weren’t inside. We went defensive right away as it was fully involved on arrival.”

Despite the billowing smoke and fierce flames in a very old part of the city, he says it could’ve been much worse.

“No injuries and not that we know of. Everybody seems to be out.”

There’s no word on what sparked the fire but crews will remain on scene to investigate.

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