Three-alarm fire engulfs East Vancouver Value Village

A large fire is burning near East Hastings and Victoria Drive, with Vancouver Fire Rescue Services on scene.

A large fire has destroyed the East Vancouver Value Village on East Hastings and Victoria Drive.

The fire began around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night, and quickly engulfed the Value Village, and threatened several other buildings close by.

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Asst. Chief Brad Hesse says the building was believed to be empty at the time of the fire.

“Crews arrived to find the fire fully involved, flames coming out onto Hastings street, and flames coming out onto the rear as well,” he said.

People were told to leave their homes in a housing complex behind the building, but he says crews were hopeful that those residents would be getting back in as soon as possible.

There was some smoke and heat damage to the surrounding buildings, but no fire damage.

Many reported they could still smell the smoke Thursday morning kilometres away from the blaze.

“Definitely at this time they should be closing their windows, and shutting off any ventilation that might be drawing the smoke into their building like air conditioning units,” Hesse said.

Adding if that still doesn’t fix the smell of smoke, if it’s really bad, residents should evacuate until the smoke dissipates.

There are no reports of any injuries.

He says because of the size of the fire, it took a long time to get a handle on it and crews remained on scene for hours knocking down hot spots.

“At this time we have no idea what started this fire,” he said late Wednesday.

Traffic was closed surrounding the fire overnight, with some routes still impacted as of 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

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