Massive fire in Vancouver, large plume of smoke

A large fire engulfed the building just before 10 p.m.

A massive fire has destroyed a building on East Hastings Street in Vancouver on Wednesday night and firefighters are reporting no injuries.

Brad Hesse, assistant chief of operations for Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services says crews arrived on scene at at 1820 East Hastings Street just before 10 p.m. to find a fully involved fire.

More than 45 firefighters rushed towards the large blaze, which could be seen across the city and was giving off a large plume of smoke.

Hasse says it is a third alarm fire and the building collapsed in on itself.

“No report of any injuries,” says Hesse.

A nearby building did sustain some heat damage, but the fire involvement has been contained to the Value Village building.

“The [firefighters] will definitely be tired, we are going to be here for a while,” he says.

The cause of the fire is not clear at this time.

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