WATCH ABOVE: Darlene Heidemann reports from the scene.
VANCOUVER – Two heritage homes in East Vancouver have been lost to an early morning blaze.
Fire crews were called to the scene at about 3:40 a.m. The two homes are in the 1000-block of Keefer Street, close to Admiral Seymour Elementary School.
The fire began in a vacant two-storey heritage home and quickly spread next door to another heritage house. There has been squatter activity at the site in the past, although it appears no one was inside either home last night.
The first home had been sold yesterday, however both homes are now destroyed and crews are treating this fire as suspicious.
Thirty two firefighters and eight trucks were called out to fight the fire, which they had to attack from the outside due to the intensity of the flames.
The Vancouver Police Department’s Forensic Identification Team is also on scene as fire crews continue to douse hot spots.
A third house, which is a co-op, suffered radiant heat and smoke damage and the people living there have been told they cannot go home yet.
We will update this post when more information becomes available.
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