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1 person sent to hospital after fire at Vancouver building that was supposed to be empty

1 person sent to hospital after fire at Vancouver building that was supposed to be empty

1 person sent to hospital after fire at Vancouver building that was supposed to be empty

A fire at an abandoned building in South Vancouver sent one person to hospital and caused the partial closure of Cambie Street on Saturday morning, causing traffic delays.

Firefighters said crews were called to a dilapidated building on the corner of Cambie Street and Marine Drive, near the Marine Drive SkyTrain station, around 10:50 a.m. PT on Saturday.

One person was sent to the hospital with smoke inhalation injuries after firefighters removed them from the building, said fire battalion chief Randy Boruck.

The 26-unit building, which was surrounded by a fence, was supposed to be empty, he said.

“We’re not sure what the cause (of the fire) was,” he said, adding that investigators are on the scene.

Fire trucks and firefighters throw water at a building.
Firefighters are investigating the fire but do not yet know what caused it. (Renée Lukács/CBC)

Brad Hesse, deputy fire chief with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, said crews noticed a person leaving the building when they arrived.

“We believe homeless people were living in the building at the time…we have reports of that from neighbors,” Hesse told CBC News.

Flames were originally coming from the roof of the building and crews were on the defensive trying to extinguish the fire, he said.