UPDATE: A 60-year-old man passed away on Sunday as a result of second and third degree burns sustained in the fire. Police say the fire is accidental in nature and there are no other injuries to report.
VANCOUVER – One man has been taken to hospital with severe burn injuries following a fire in downtown Vancouver Saturday morning.
His injuries are said to be ‘life threatening’. Residents have identified the man as Mac, a man in his late 50s.
The fire broke out at about 8 a.m. in a social housing complex that used to be called Bosman’s Hotel on Howe Street.
The housing complex is slated to be shut down at the end of July but it is still occupied.
Howe Street was closed between Nelson and Helmcken for a few hours.
It is not known at this time how the fire started but investigators say it was an accident.
Some of the residents are still not sure where they are going to be living as they are not allowed back into their homes for now.
Photos courtesy of Bryant Olender.
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