October 7, 2015 4:57 pm
Updated: August 5, 2016 4:22 pm

Fire causes extensive damage at Port Moody Co-op complex

WATCH: Dozens of people living in a Port Moody housing co-op are temporarily homeless after fire tore through their complex for the second time. Jill Bennett reports.

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A large fire at Mountain View Co-op Housing on the Port Moody/Coquitlam border caused extensive damage to many of the complex’s units on Wednesday.

Port Moody Police Inspector Ken MacDonald said the fire at 900 Clarke came in at 12:15 this afternoon.

Two buildings and more than 50 units were evacuated, leaving more than 100 residents displaced, unclear on when or if they would be able to return home.

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The cause of the fire is unknown, but the damage is significant, said MacDonald.

Over 20 police officers were on scene, along with Port Moody and Coquitlam fire departments.

Evacuees were transported to with Kyle Centre in Port Moody, and have been provided with accommodations under the province’s emergency management program.

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Port Moody Fire Chief Faedo said the building is uninhabitable due to fire damage. Insurance adjusters and investigators are on-site but say it will be a “lengthy period of time” until they can determine if the building is salvageable.

Support for the victims has been pouring in with donations of gently used clothing. Details on how to contribute will be available on Friday on http://www.portmoody.ca.

The complex was previously damaged in a 2001 fire.

A Vancity trust account has been set up for the evacuees. The account is:

Mountain View Coop Trust Account
Account # 2067031
Branch 52

Donations to the trust account, which is being managed by people from the Mountain View Coop, can be at any Vancity branch in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver Island.

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