Police seek witnesses after 2 Vancouver heritage homes destroyed by suspicious fire

WATCH ABOVE: Darlene Heidemann reports from the scene.

VANCOUVER – Two heritage homes in East Vancouver were lost to an early morning blaze on Aug. 2.

Fire crews were called to the scene at about 3:40 a.m. The two homes were 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 at the time of the blaze. The estimated property loss for the two homes is valued at $1.2 million.

The first home had only been sold the day before, however both homes are now destroyed and crews are treating this fire as suspicious.

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Investigators are looking for a man and woman seen outside the house shortly before the fire started, as it’s believed they may have details about the fire that could help police with their investigation.

Anyone with information about this fire is asked to contact Vancouver Police Arson Investigators at (604) 717-2962 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.