May 24, 2014 12:05 pm

Vacant downtown restaurant damaged by fire in suspected arson

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Vancouver Police and fire crews are investigating a suspicious fire overnight on Robson Street.

The fire started around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning in a vacant restaurant near Bute Street.

Investigators say it looks as though the back door of the building was pried open and an accelerant was used to start the fire.

There are also reports that a jerry can was found inside the building.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames quite quickly. No one was hurt.

Officials say it is too early in the investigation to know the motive of the arson.

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