Value Village store in East Vancouver engulfed by fire Wednesday night

A large fire erupted at a Value Village store at the intersection of Victoria Drive and East Hastings Street in Vancouver, engulfing the store in flames late Wednesday night.

Brad Hesse, assistant chief of operations with the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, told CBC News the fire broke out after 10:30 p.m. PT Wednesday.

“Crews arrived to find the building fully engulfed, with flames coming out of the window onto the front street,” Hesse said.

As of 11:30 p.m. PT, Hesse said 90 per cent of the fire had been extinguished by nearly 50 firefighters.

No injuries or missing people were reported, Hesse said. Pictures taken after the fire broke out showed the store nearly reduced to its foundations. Onlookers lined Hastings Street as first responders fought the fire.

Two firefighters lie on the ground, spraying hoses at a gutted building behind a yellow line that reads 'Fire line do not cross'.
The Value Village building was completely surrounded by flames, according to fire crews. (Liam Britten/CBC)

“The fire damage is contained to the building itself. But surrounding buildings have sustained some smoke and heat damage,” he said.

“Crews did a great job getting water on it … but unfortunately, the building was already fully involved, so very tough to save much over there.”

Eyewitness Mary Ho told CBC News she “could feel the heat from across the alley” near the Value Village store.

Three fire engines are seen with flashing lights, smoke is visible in the background on a closed street.
The busy East Hastings street is set to be closed on Wednesday night as firefighters put out hot spots. (Liam Britten/CBC)

Hesse said that streets around the intersection, which borders the busy Commercial Drive, are likely to remain closed for most of Wednesday night as crews clean up and fire investigators arrive.

The cause of Wednesday night’s fire has not yet been determined.

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